# Mean, median, mode and other statistical functions

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## What is this problem set trying to do[edit]

You are going to use a number of built-in methods here. If you complete this problem set, you will have shown me you understand:

**sorting lists**click here to learn a bit about sorting**counting occurrences**in a list click here for a review of counting- you will return to an old friend,
**modulo**click here for a refresher **max function**click here to learn more about max**min function**click here to learn more about min

## The Problem[edit]

Please program the following functions:

**Mean**For a data set, the terms arithmetic mean, mathematical expectation, and sometimes average are used synonymously to refer to a central value of a discrete set of numbers: specifically, the sum of the values divided by the number of values.^{[2]}**Mode**The mode is the value that appears most often in a set of data.^{[3]}**Median**In statistics and probability theory, a median is the number separating the higher half of a data sample, a population, or a probability distribution, from the lower half. The median of a finite list of numbers can be found by arranging all the observations from lowest value to highest value and picking the middle one (e.g., the median of {3, 3, 5, 9, 11} is 5). If there is an even number of observations, then there is no single middle value; the median is then usually defined to be the mean of the two middle values^{[4]}

## Some Code to Get You Started[edit]

```
list=[2,3,3,2,3,2,3,9,7,3,4,8,1,2,8,7,6,5,8,9,1,2,3,2,1,4,3,2,1,4,5,4,1,6,9,6,1,4,2,3,5]
def mean(list):
answer = sum(list)
...
return mean
def mode(list):
frequency = {}
highest = max(list)
lowest = min(list)
# in this loop, we simply update our list named "frequency with the count of values.
# we use highest + 1 because the range function doesn't include the last value.
for i in range(lowest,highest+1):
...
return mode
def median(list):
new_list = sorted(list)
...
return median
# your program must return the correct answers for the questions below:
print("the mean of list is: " + str(mean(list)))
print("the median of list is: " + str(median(list)))
print("the mode of list is: " + str(mode(list)))
```

## Take This Further[edit]

- plot (graphically - with ascii art) the range of numbers
- calculate the standard deviation of a range of numbers

## How you will be assessed[edit]

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## References[edit]

## A few different possible solutions[edit]

Click the expand link to see one possible solution, but NOT before you have tried and failed!

```
list=[2,3,3,2,3,2,3,9,7,3,4,8,1,2,8,7,6,5,8,9,1,2,3,2,1,4,3,2,1,4,5,4,1,6,9,6,1,4,2,3,5]
def mean(list):
answer = sum(list)
mean = answer / len(list)
return mean
def mode(list):
frequency = {}
highest = max(list)
lowest = min(list)
# in this loop, we simply update our dictionary named "frequency with the count of values.
for i in range(lowest,highest+1):
frequency.update({i:list.count(i)})
values = frequency.values()
keys = frequency.keys()
mode = keys[values.index(max(values))]
return mode
def median(list):
new_list = sorted(list)
if len(new_list) % 2 == 1:
median = new_list[len(list)/2]
return median
print("the mean of list is: " + str(mean(list)))
print("the median of list is: " + str(median(list)))
print("the mode of list is: " + str(mode(list)))
```

The example below includes standard deviation and a bar graph.

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
list =[2,3,3,2,3,2,3,9,7,3,4,8,1,2,8,7,6,5,8,9,1,2,3,2,1,4,3,2,1,4,5,4,1,6,9,6,1,4,2,3,5,5]
numbers = [1,2,3,4]
def graph(graph_list):
count = [1]
sorted_list = sorted(graph_list)
highest = max(sorted_list)
lowest = min(sorted_list)
for i in range(lowest,highest+1):
count.append(i)
plt.hist(sorted_list, bins=count)
plt.ylabel('Occurences')
plt.xlabel('Number')
plt.show()
def mean(mean_list):
mean = sum(numbers)/len(numbers)
return mean
def mode(mode_list):
frequency = []
count = []
sorted_list = sorted(mode_list)
highest = max(sorted_list)
lowest = min(sorted_list)
for i in range(lowest,highest+1):
frequency.append(sorted_list.count(i))
count.append(i)
highest_frequency = max(frequency)
index_count = frequency.index(highest_frequency)
mode = count[index_count]
return mode
def median(median_list):
sorted_list = sorted(median_list)
if len(sorted_list)%2 ==1:
index = len(sorted_list)/2
median = sorted_list[index]
else:
index_1 = len(sorted_list)/2
index_2 = len(sorted_list)/2 - 1
median = []
median.append(sorted_list[index_1])
median.append(sorted_list[index_2])
median = mean(median)
print("The median is rounded up")
return median
def standev(stdev_list):
mean_list = []
mean_num = mean(stdev_list)
for i in range (0,len(stdev_list)):
mean_list.append(stdev_list[i]-mean_num)
mean_difference = mean(mean_list)
stdev = mean_difference**1/2
return stdev
# your program must return the correct answers for the questions below:
print("the mean of list is: " + str(mean(numbers)))
print("the median of list is: " + str(median(numbers)))
print("the mode of list is: " + str(mode(numbers)))
print("the standard deviation of list is: " + str(standev(numbers)))
graph(numbers)
```

The code below approaches mode differently than the two examples above (which use a dictionary).

```
list=[2,3,3,2,3,2,3,9,7,3,4,8,1,2,8,7,6,5,8,9,1,2,3,2,1,4,3,2,1,4,5,4,1,6,9,6,1,4,2,3,5]
def mean(list):
mean = sum(list)/len(list)
return mean
def median(list):
new_list = sorted(list)
median = new_list[len(new_list)/2]
return median
def mode(list):
current_top = 0
highest = max(list)
lowest = min(list)
for i in range(lowest,highest+1):
new_possible_top = list.count(i)
if new_possible_top > current_top:
current_top = new_possible_top
mode = i
return mode
# your program must return the correct answers for the questions below:
print("the mean of list is: " + str(mean(list)))
print("the median of list is: " + str(median(list)))
print("the mode of list is: " + str(mode(list)))
```