How to Calculate NPV?

Dave Farrance df at see.replyto.invalid
Thu Jul 30 16:18:27 CEST 2015

ryguy7272 <ryanshuell at> wrote:

>I don't know why the author didn't do that in the book.

The book is evidently giving you code snippets to enter into Python's
own interactive interpreter, i.e., you enter "python" at the command
line, then you manually type each command which immediately displays any
returned value.  I assume that the book shows each command with three
chevrons ">>>" in front of them.  If you're using Spyder then you need
to enter the commands into its interactive interpreter (which I think is
bottom right). It sounds, instead, as though you're using Spyder's text
editor to create a file containing the commands, and then using the
"run" icon to run the file -- which is maybe skipping ahead because the
book hasn't told you how to do that yet (?). If you do skip ahead, the
book probably has a forthcoming chapter called "writing programs with a
text editor" or something.  I'd guess from the code snippets that you've
shown us that the book is finance oriented, and the author seems to be
more interested in introducing the features useful for finance than
teaching the basics of Python.  Maybe you should search out a simple
Python primer on the web, work through that, and only then return to
your book.

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