Recently I have been annoyed by an automatic formatting in MMA, that is when a Piecewise function occurs in an equation, it will be enclosed by a pair of brackets automatically by MMA, although when it emerges solitarily, there are no such pair of brackets.

For example, suppose I have a Piesewise function Piecewise[{{x^2, x < 0}, {x, x > 0}}]. When it is output alone, it is like:

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However, when I put this Piesewise function at the Right-Hand-Side of an equation, an annoying pair of brackets occurs:

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Generally speaking, placing a Piesewise function at the end of an equation is to discuss all possible results in different cases, where the automatically added pair of brackets is unnecessary and redundant. So I was wondering, how can I remove such kind of brackets both in Standard Form output as well as Traditional Form output?

(The reason why I would like to also remove the brackets in Traditional Form output is that: Traditional Form output is the starting point of latex code conversion. If Traditional Formoutput has such a pair of brackets, then there would also be one in the TeXForm or the latex code MMA generates.)


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If you don't mind modifying some internal symbols, you can do:

BoxForm`$PiecewiseSyntaxForm = SyntaxForm -> DirectedEdge;

Then, the parentheses should be gone.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Carl, your solution works perfectly as I have tested! And it is really impressive, since I had tried to define my own box-making functions with MakeBoxes[] or Format[] as upper values of Piecewise, but neither succeeded. Without your suggestion, I would have never thought of modifying some internal symbols. Thanks for your creative and elegant solution! $\endgroup$
    – AlbertLew
    Jun 5 at 4:35

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