 # It's okay to be average

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I’m not getting an error code from the window, but instead Codecademy is saying “Oops, try again. Make sure you converted the total or the length to a float before the division - average([3, 0]) returned 1.0 instead of 1.5 as expected.”
As far as I can tell I did convert the total to a float before the division, so I don’t understand why I’m having this issue. Is there something wrong in my code (below)?
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```python

lloyd = {
“name”: “Lloyd”,
“homework”: [90.0, 97.0, 75.0, 92.0],
“quizzes”: [88.0, 40.0, 94.0],
“tests”: [75.0, 90.0]
}
alice = {
“name”: “Alice”,
“homework”: [100.0, 92.0, 98.0, 100.0],
“quizzes”: [82.0, 83.0, 91.0],
“tests”: [89.0, 97.0]
}
tyler = {
“name”: “Tyler”,
“homework”: [0.0, 87.0, 75.0, 22.0],
“quizzes”: [0.0, 75.0, 78.0],
“tests”: [100.0, 100.0]
}

def average(numbers):
total = sum(numbers)
total = float(total)
result = total % len(numbers)
return result

Here are the instructions:

Write a function average that takes a list of numbers and returns the average.

Define a function called average that has one argument, numbers.
Inside that function, call the built-in sum() function with the numbers list as a parameter. Store the result in a variable called total.
Like the example above, use float() to convert total and store the result in total.
Divide total by the length of the numbers list. Use the built-in len() function to calculate that.
Return that result.

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On this line instead of using the modulo operator `%` use the division one `/`

hello @bandit

I have the same problem, i keep getting the error message “Oops, try again. Make sure you converted the total or the length to a float before the division - average([3, 0]) returned 1.0 instead of 1.5 as expected. …and ive tried the same code with the " /” instead of “%”

def average(numbers):
total = sum(numbers)
total = float(total)
result = total % len(numbers)
return result

Same as for him, type this instead

`result = total / len(numbers)`

Notice I changed the %

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Got it ! @bandit Thankyou

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Simply this. Worked for me.

def average(numbers):
total = float(sum(numbers))
result = total / len(numbers)
return = result

def average(numbers):
total = float(sum(numbers))
result = total / len(numbers)
return = result

# this gives an error. What worked for me was similar, but without the = between return and result:

def average(numbers):
total = float(sum(numbers))
result = total / len(numbers)
return result

I have also struggled with this one. You can use any of those (just try to understand what it all means ;):

def average(numbers):
return float(sum(numbers))/len(numbers)

or, like kind people before me said:

def average(numbers):
total = float(sum(numbers))
result = total / len(numbers)
return result