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st: mathematical fonts / symbols

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: mathematical fonts / symbols
Date   Fri, 11 Nov 2005 18:47:16 -0500

Richard writes

Have you tried the equation editor within word? It is a freebie but
you have to make sure it is installed. I do all my handouts using
Word's equation editor.

This solution has the execrable features of (a) breaking every time Word is updated; once you create equations with EE version n+1, they cannot be edited in EE version n; (b) creating obscenely large graphic objects out of every item you insert, which then must be edited with the EE, rather than any old text editor that can work with something like the text string $\hat{y} = \hat{beta}_0 + \hat {\beta}_1}$.

Have a look at any article of the Stata Journal that contains some maths if you want to see what typeset mathematics should look like. **Anyone** can produce mathematical typesetting of that quality with LaTeX, in many programs just by clicking on the appropriate icons for Greek letters, summations, integrals, etc. And it handles auto-sizing of all objects perfectly. And it is platform-independent and, best of all, is totally free.

About 90-95% of the job market papers we receive from new PhDs when a new faculty position is advertised are produced with LaTeX. Those that aren't do not reflect very well on the applicants.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics

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