# How to calculate the area under curve in Excel

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Area Under Curve or AUC is widely used in Data Science. It is the area between a plotted line and the axes. Excel does not have a function to compute this directly, but you can use formulas in Excel to derive it. The approach is to look at the area under the curve as a set of trapezoids, bound by the line on one side and the axis on the other. This is shown in the image above

The area under the curve is divided into 5 trapezoids. We will calculate the area of each trapezoid and add them all up. This will give us the AUC. The formula we will use for the area is:

Area = ((a+b)/2)*h

a = one of the parallel sides

b = the other parallel side

h = the height

Using trapezoid 1 as an example,

a = the first value of y

b = the second value of y

h = the second value of x – the first value of x.

### Step 1 – Create the formula

– Select the second cell in the column adjacent to the data

– Type the formula using cell references:

= (first value of y + second value of y)/2*(second value of x – first value of x)

– Press **Enter**

### Step 2 – Copy the formula

– Using the fill handle from the first cell, drag the formula to the remaining cells

OR

a) Select the cell with the formula and press **Ctrl+C** or choose **Copy** from the context menu (right-click)

b) Select the rest of the cells in the column and press **Ctrl+V** or choose **Paste** from the context menu (right-click)

### Step 3 – Sum up the areas

– Select the cell at the end of the column with the areas

– Type the formula using cell references:

=SUM(range of the area column)

– Press **Enter**

– The area under the curve is computed