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written by Francisco Esquembre
A video tutorial that shows how to use the OSP Data Tool to compute the area under a curve.  The tutorial describes how to:
• Open Data Tool from a pop-up menu
• Open Data Tool using an button
• Change display properties within the Data Tool
• Compute the partial area under a curve

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### Area under Curve

Author: Mark Kramer
Posted: February 27, 2017 at 2:34PM

I would like to know which method the data tool application uses to determine/calculate the area under the curve?

### Re: Area under Curve

Author: Francisco Esquembre
Posted: Feb 28, 2017 at 4:41PM

> On Feb 27, 2017, Mark Kramer posted:
>
> I would like
> to know which method the data tool application uses
> to determine/calculate the area under the curve?

Hi,
Data used by DataTool is basically a polygonal curve made of a collection of points ([i],y[i]). Hence, the area is computed basically by adding up the area of each vertical polygon between x[i] and x[i+1].
If your question was related to whether DataTool used any integration algorithm (such as Simpson's rule)... no, it just uses a polygonal approximation.
Paco

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