I have two fields, "P_Area" and "PC_Area", whose sizes I'd like to compare in a third field, "Areas_Equal". The "Areas_Equal" field should contain a "Yes" if the other two are equal and a "No" if they aren't.

How can I do this with Field Calculator and its Python Parser?

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If you're using Python in ArcGIS you may be using an = for comparison instead of an ==

Your code should be similar to the below, if you use Python:

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def ifBlock(pArea,pcArea):
  if pArea == pcArea:
    return 1
    return 0

Then in the actual code:

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    And, of course, if he wants "Yes" and "No" instead of 1 and 0, he should use return "Yes" and return "No".
    – nmpeterson
    Mar 19, 2012 at 13:44
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    Another way to write this in Python (that doesn't require the code block) is this... 1 if !P_Area! == !PC_Area! else 0 Aug 12, 2014 at 2:35

Please always mention which tool you are using. I will explain how to do this in QGIS because it's free.

Open your shapefile. Open the attributes table. At the bottom create a new columon, call it 'test' or whatever. Now click on advanced search. Type 'P_Area = PC_Area' (without quotes) in SQL where clause. Hit OK.

Now click on 'Open field calculator' (ctrl+I). On the top check 'update existing field' and 'only update selected features'. In field calculator, type '1'. Hit ok.

Now, go back to advanced search, this time search for 'P_Area != PC_Area'. Do same steps as above, except input '0' in field calculator instead of '1'.

I am sure you can do it in a smarter way, but hey, this works. :)

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