0
$\begingroup$

I've been looking for the meaning of a mathematical symbol, and after trying a number of different places, was hoping someone on this board would be able to help! It looks like a capital, standard letter "H" without serifs (one example is included below, in the last line of the text image).

The issue isn't understanding its meaning, per se, since (contextually) it seems to mean "of" (as in, 10% of X amount). However, I was hoping to find out if anyone has more information about what this symbol is called, and whether there is any other (and/or deeper) meaning.

Math H Symbol in Context

That comes from the 8th page in this paper, and while that's the first time it's used in the text, it appears many more times after that!

Thanks for any help!!

$\endgroup$
5
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ It seems simply multiplication : 10% of $5.000$ is $500$. $\endgroup$ – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Jan 7 '20 at 15:40
  • 4
    $\begingroup$ My pdf-viewer shows $\bullet \bullet$ instead of $H$. So perhaps $H$ is not intended. In fact, $\%$ is intended. So its a font problem. $\endgroup$ – Dietrich Burde Jan 7 '20 at 15:40
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Never seen that before in my life, but it's clear from the context that you are just taking $10\%$ of what follows. $\endgroup$ – lulu Jan 7 '20 at 15:40
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Yes, it's not a mathematical symbol at all, just a font problem. Other font problems occur on subsequent pages. $\endgroup$ – Robert Israel Jan 7 '20 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ @DietrichBurde Whew, that makes me feel a lot better (as opposed to being completely ignorant of some seemingly fundamental notation!) Mind posting it as a short answer so I can accept it and close the question? $\endgroup$ – AndrewC Jan 7 '20 at 15:45
1
$\begingroup$

I checked the file with my pdf-viewer and got a message that this font cannot be displayed and is replaced. Then $10\%$ looked like $10\bullet\bullet$. It might be that your viewer displays it as $10 H$.

$\endgroup$
1
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! I'll accept it as soon as it'll let me, then I can go and try to find a better pdf viewer! $\endgroup$ – AndrewC Jan 7 '20 at 15:49

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.