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How I can typeset this equation with LaTeX?

This'll probably be a too specific question, but I do think this forum has the most knowledge to help me with it.

I would like to write this equation in latex

enter image description here

I tried it with


Though this also gives a bracket at the end.

Would anyone be able to help me ?

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    Try the cases environment from the amsmath package. – Ian Thompson Dec 6 '12 at 21:31
  • You might be interested in reading Math Mode (by Herbert Voß). – clemens Dec 6 '12 at 21:33
  • In this concrete case I would use cases*, since it has text on the right and I find more intuitive that way. – Manuel Dec 6 '12 at 21:34

Try this:


% Defining new math operators


\dst(x,y) = \left\{
\begin{array}{@{}ll@{}} % edit as suggested by Qrrbrbirlbel
\text{maxVal} & \text{if }\src(x,y)>\text{thresh}\\
0 & \text{otherwise }\\
\end{array} \right.

% With the cases environment now
&\text{if }\src(x,y)>\text{thresh}\\

This results in:

enter image description here

  • @{}ll@{} and you get rid of additional space between the delimiters and the array. – Qrrbrbirlbel Dec 6 '12 at 21:41
  • and I would prefer \operatorname{src}, or even better putting \DeclareMathOperator{\src}{src} in the preamble, and then \src in the text ;) – yo' Dec 6 '12 at 22:32
  • @tohecz Agreed, will update answer. – azetina Dec 6 '12 at 22:37
  • if use use mathtools and the cases* env, then you are already back into text mode in the second column – daleif Dec 7 '12 at 10:39

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