How to type this expression, where has \min on top and \forall at the bottom?

  • 4
    I'd remove the universal quantifier.
    – user10274
    Sep 19, 2012 at 18:13

1 Answer 1


The bottom part is a TeX subscript (like \sum):

\min_{\forall s \in S_j} q_k(s)


Textstyle vs. Displaystyle

Compile the following code sequence to understand the difference between textstyle and displaystyle:

\def\sample{\min\nolimits_{\forall s \in S_j} q_k(s)}
\noindent Text-Textstyle: \(\sample\)\\
          Text-Displaystyle: \(\displaystyle\sample\)
    \textrm{Text-Textstyle: }\textstyle\sample
    \textrm{Display-Displaystyle: }\sample

Output code

You can also use \nolimits and \limits to force textstyle limits and displaystyle limits respectively:

\min\limits_{\forall s \in S_j} q_k(s)
  • hi, it seems this is not in the same format as the picture in the question
    – william007
    Sep 19, 2012 at 16:55
  • 3
    @william007: how it comes out depends on whether you are on displaystyle or textstyle; try inside a \[...\]. Qrrbrb..: it's a TeX subscript (/nitpick ;)).
    – morbusg
    Sep 19, 2012 at 16:57
  • @william007 morbusg is right. I've updated my answer to explain the difference between textstyle and displaystyle. Sep 19, 2012 at 17:08

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