spot the LaTeX mistake

It took me forever to spot the (obvious) mistake in the following LaTeX formula

\int \exp\[ -\{ (n+\sigma^{-2})\mu^2 -2n\mu{\bar x_n} + n ({\bar x_n})^2 \}/2 \]

Can you find it?!

18 Responses to “spot the LaTeX mistake”

  1. \[ means something different ..
    How is your thumb?

  2. chanminkim Says:

    \int and \exp !! I might avoid using [ ] in a complex mathematical expression not to get confused.. thanks!

  3. it’s the {} instead of _{ } just after \mu ?

  4. annalisa Says:

    read of your accident soon after posting my reply..
    get well soon!

  5. annalisa Says:



  6. Alan J. Izenman Says:

    I think your \[ and \] will give you problems. You should just use [ and ].

  7. p.s. … how is the hand?

  8. I’m pretty sure \[ won’t do what you want it to, in here. To say nothing of the \]

  9. Dawen Liang Says:

    Isn’t “\[” (and “\]”) just “[” (and “]”) in LaTex?

  10. Tatiana X Says:

    I guess that the \[ is not in the beginning as it should be..

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