There are really only three choices for math­e­mat­i­cal writ­ing: MS-​​Word, Sci­en­tific Word or LaTeX. MS-​​Word is use­less for any­thing but the sim­plest doc­u­ments. Sci­en­tific Word is tol­er­a­ble, but very restric­tive in lay­out, style and fonts. LaTeX is what any seri­ous researcher in the math­e­mat­i­cal sci­ences should use. It takes some get­ting use to, but the invest­ment is well worth the effort.

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  • Anthony

    Do you pre­fer texlive over miktex?

    • Rob J Hyndman

      I now use linux, so texlive is the only option.

  • Lance Bach­meier

    In the same cat­e­gory as Sci­en­tific Word is LyX [http://​www​.lyx​.org/]. When I made the switch some years ago, I found that LyX was eas­ier to use. It’s also free.

    These days I use kram­down [http://​kram​down​.get​ta​long​.org/]. It allows me to write my doc­u­ment in a mark­down for­mat and con­vert to LaTeX. It’s a fast way to pro­duce a .tex doc­u­ment, and for new­bies, the learn­ing curve is reduced con­sid­er­ably. Sim­i­lar options include org-​​mode, pan­doc, and R markdown.