Let K = {K1, K2, …, Kp} be a system of p bounded closed convex sets in affine space An of n dimensions. If λ1, λ2,…, λp are any p real numbers, we use λ1K1+λ2K2+…λpKp to denote the bounded closed convex set consisting of all the points
The n-dimensional content or volume of this set is a homogeneous polynomial of degree n in the parameters λi, that is
where the summation is over all sets of suffixes 1 £ij, £p, for 1 £j £ n. Further the coefficients may be chosen to be positive and symmetric in their arguments These coefficients, which are in number, are called the mixed volumes of the convex sets.