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How to calculate the area of a polygon?

If I know all the vertices of a particular polygon/figure, is there a generalized method/formula to calculate the area?

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You have to know the order of the vertices too, as otherwise there can be multiple answers –  Henry Jan 27 '12 at 7:53
There is also Pick's theorem. –  Ragib Zaman Jan 27 '12 at 9:08

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If you know the two-dimensional cartesian coordinates of the vertices of a (non-self-intersecting, but can be non-convex) polygon, the Shoelace method will find its area. (Let me know if that article is not sufficiently clear and I'll try to explain it in more detail).

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