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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi MIF;

Did not see you up there. My way is not always reliable. Sometimes it has the wrong sign!

Hi anonimnystefy;

work for complex polys?

I tend to doubt it.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

1) Just get the absolute value.

2) What does the wiki article on the shoelace formula say about the complex polys?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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1) Just get the absolute value.

That is where I have a problem. Interpreting area as a real thing and mathematically. If the polygon is in the 3rd quadrant isn't the area negative?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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It isn't.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, his applet is showing that. It makes sense that area should be invariant under a simple translation.

Thanks MIF for the nice app.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Yes,the app is wonderful. Just gonna try finding a formula for the complex polys.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not think there is one.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I don't agree.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It seems and this is a quote:

The area of a self-intersecting polygon can be defined in two different ways, each of which gives a different answer:

No unique answer!

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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What are the two ways?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is just theory from Wikipedia and probably kaboobly doo.

There is a formula, or at least he claims there is!

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Why are you quoting kaboobly doo?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You like theory.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Not always true.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Area is positive when going clockwise, but just use absolute value anyway.

I have a page describing it from a geometric point of view: Area of Irregular Polygons

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I don't see negative values of area on that page.And the area can be negative only from the analytic point of view.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Thanks guys. I will look at the page now.

Nice method MIF! I did not know that.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Sweet I just found this area app!! It is terrific and can be used

for checking acreage of property too!! I think an acre is 43540 or 43640 or 42540 or something like that sq. feet, 208 by 209 feet or so.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Oh, 43560 it seems actually.

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