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Sometimes formatting symbols are not recognized immediately after a TeX expression, as in the fourth paragraph here. (This is not the only instance I have encountered. A work-around is to put a single linefeed between the TeX and the ensuing characters.)

Here's the offending text:

**The error rate depends on the state of the population**. I interpret the problem to require that the *expected* error size be assured of not exceeding the limit $k$ *no matter what the state of the population may be.* We cannot remove the word "expected" here, because (except for nearly exhaustive samples), the maximum error size can be arbitrarily close to 1 for large populations.

In the original the last group of asterisks, which should italicize a phrase, is rendered literally. (It is interesting that they successfully create italicization within the 'PRE' block here!) Finally, here is a copy of that paragraph. It looks fine in editing mode preview but it is still rendered incorrectly in the standard view:

The error rate depends on the state of the population. I interpret the problem to require that the expected error size be assured of not exceeding the limit $k$ no matter what the state of the population may be. We cannot remove the word "expected" here, because (except for nearly exhaustive samples), the maximum error size can be arbitrarily close to 1 for large populations.

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  • $\begingroup$ can you provide an excerpt in a <pre> block of specifically what you mean? I viewed the post but I'm unclear.. $\endgroup$ Nov 19 '10 at 18:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Jeff I successfully reproduced the problem by editing this question. $\endgroup$
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    Nov 19 '10 at 19:58
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    $\begingroup$ ... and it seems like the problem is now fixed. $\endgroup$ Jul 27 '13 at 23:20
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Looks like adding an extra space is a workaround for now (I added an extra space to your example above).

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