# [Tutor] Help with return results statement.

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Tue Oct 20 08:38:51 EDT 2015

```On 20/10/15 12:29, Vusa Moyo wrote:
> Hi there. My script is as follows,

> alice = {
>      "name": "Alice",
>      "homework": [100.0, 92.0, 98.0, 100.0],
>      "quizzes": [82.0, 83.0, 91.0],
>      "tests": [89.0, 97.0]
> }

> def average(numbers):
>    total = sum(numbers)
>    total = float(total)

That line isn't necessary since the inputs are floats already.

>    total = total / len(numbers)
>
> def get_average(student):
>      homework = average(student["homework"])
>      quizzes = average(student["quizzes"])
>      tests = average(student["tests"])
>      return 0.1 * homework + 0.3 * quizzes + 0.6 * tests
>
>      if score >= 90:
>          return "A"
>      elif score >= 80:
>          return "B"

> print get_average(lloyd)
>
> def get_class_average(students):
>      results = []
>      for a in students:
>          b = int(get_average(a))
>          results.append([b])
>          return results
>

> get_class_average(alice)
>
> I receive a zero value for results, which doesnt quite make sense to me.

Nor to me. Are you sure its a zero result? It should be a list of some
kind not a number. Or do you mean you get an empty list back?

Notice that get_class_average() expects your students value to be
some kind of sequence or collection. The for loop will iterate over
that. If you pass Alice as a single student it will iterate over the
keys, trying first of all to get the average of "Alice" which should
fail with an error. Did you get any errors? If so please let us see them.

Please show us the actual code you execute, the actual output
and the full text of any errors.

One other thing that seems weird to me is that you go to great pains to
produce a float as a result of get_average() but then you
immediately convert it to an int. Why not leave it as a float?

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