FAQ: Learn Python - Practice Makes Perfect - median



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Hello - Could someone help me out and explain why my code isn’t working? The console says “median([1]) returned 0.0 instead of 1”. I’m not sure why this happening since I’m returning the list when the length of the list is a single digit, not the float for average later on in the function.

Any help is appreciated.


def median(lst):
  lst = []
  avg = float(0)
  sortedlst = sorted(lst)
  middle = len(sortedlst) / 2
  if len(lst) == 1:
    return lst
  elif len(lst) > 0:
    return lst[middle]
  if middle % 2 != 0:
    avg = lst[middle] + lst[middle-1] / 2
  return avg