Software for LaTeX

To use Latex, you will need both a compiler and editor. The major compilers are: Any editor that can edit plain text files is capable of editex .tex files. The following editors provide nice features e.g. syntax highlighting and easy compiling Some choices for editor A long discussion of the properties of various editors can be found at the StackExchange.
Personally, I use vim to edit tex documents, and TexLive to compile them.

If you're using a Mac, I highly recommend getting MacPorts. This will (among other things) allow for an easy installation of TexLive.

Resources for learning LaTeX

For writing up homework, here is a template you can use to get started.

If you like to learn by example, here are some homework assignments I tex'ed up a few years ago. The Game Theory examples require the pgf/tikz library to compile. Depending on the latex compiler you are using, you may have to install this separately. It's a great library though, here's a nice user guide (pdf) for it.

latex examples



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Probabilistic Method HW1
Probabilistic Method HW2
Game Theory HW7
Game Theory HW8

Probabilistic Method HW1 (pdf)
Probabilistic Method HW2 (pdf)
Game Theory HW 7 (pdf)
Game Theory HW 8 (pdf)