is quasi-homogeneous or weighted homogeneous, if there exists r integers , called weights of the variables, such that the sum is the same for all nonzero terms of f. This sum w is the weight or the degree of the polynomial.
The term quasi-homogeneous comes form the fact that a polynomial f is quasi-homogeneous if and only if
for every in any field containing the coefficients.
A polynomial is quasi-homogeneous with weights if and only if
is a homogeneous polynomial in the . In particular, a homogeneous polynomial is always quasi-homogeneous, with all weights equal to 1.
In other words, a polynomial is quasi-homogeneous if all the belong to the same affine hyperplane. As the Newton polygon of the polynomial is the convex hull of the set the quasi-homogeneous polynomials may also be defined as the polynomials that have a degenerate Newton polynomial (here "degenerate" means "contained in some affine hyperplane").
Consider the polynomial . This one has no chance of being a homogeneous polynomial; however if instead of considering we use the pair to test homogeneity, then
We say that is a quasi-homogeneous polynomial of type (3,1), because its three pairs (i1,i2) of exponents (3,3), (1,9) and (0,12) all satisfy the linear equation . In particular, this says that the Newton polygon of lies in the affine space with equation inside .
The above equation is equivalent to this new one: . Some authors prefer to use this last condition and prefer to say that our polynomial is quasi-homogeneous of type ().
As noted above, a homogeneous polynomial of degree d is just a quasi-homogeneous polynomial of type (1,1); in this case all its pairs of exponents will satisfy the equation .