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of degree

A function such that for all points in its domain of definition and all real , the equation

holds, where is a real number; here it is assumed that for every point in the domain of , the point also belongs to this domain for any . If

that is, is a polynomial of degree not exceeding , then is a homogeneous function of degree if and only if all the coefficients are zero for . The concept of a homogeneous function can be extended to polynomials in variables over an arbitrary commutative ring with an identity.

Suppose that the domain of definition of lies in the first quadrant, , and contains the whole ray , , whenever it contains . Then is homogeneous of degree if and only if there exists a function of variables, defined on the set of points of the form where , such that for all ,

If the domain of definition of is an open set and is continuously differentiable on , then the function is homogeneous of degree if and only if for all in its domain of definition it satisfies the Euler formula

How to Cite This Entry:
Homogeneous function. L.D. Kudryavtsev (originator), Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Homogeneous_function&oldid=11366
This text originally appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098