# [texhax] signum(x) function?

doug waud douglas.waud at umassmed.edu
Sun Aug 24 10:54:01 CEST 2003

Hi

Here's another exercise in blind leading blind :-)

John Wheeler wrote:
> Can someone tell me if there is a LaTeX or AMSLaTeX function for
> signum(x), the algebraic sign of x?  I expected \sgn{x}, but that gives an
> error.

I looked in the TeXbook and did not find signum there. However, I note
that cousins, like sup, det, log are defined simply as
\def\det{\mathop{\rm det}}
so I would suggest simply defining sup the same way and then it will
match all the others.

There is a list of similar functions on the second page of Chapter 18,
Fine points of mathematics typing, and appendix B gives the code I am
stealing above.

doug



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