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How do I multiply items within a CSV

asked 2013-06-14 14:29:29 -0500

NickC gravatar image

updated 2013-06-14 15:13:24 -0500

Hi, I am trying to import a CSV file then find the product of all of the numbers within the file. The code I have used so far is:

import csv
    mylist = list(csv.reader(open(DATA+'mydata.csv','rb'),dialect='excel'))
    from numpy import prod
    prod(mylist)

However, this doesn't work, I receive the following error "TypeError: cannot perform reduce with flexible type".

I think this is because of the format of how the mylist is created. This list data comes out in this format:

[['1'],['2'],['3']]

How do I coerce it into the format (1,2,3)?

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answered 2013-06-15 00:14:37 -0500

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updated 2013-06-15 00:23:41 -0500

Here your list is a list of lists (you can see this by the nested brackets), each one contains a single string representing your integer (you can see this by the quotes). You can transform it to a list of integers as follows:

sage: mylist = [['1'],['2'],['3']]
sage: mylist
[['1'], ['2'], ['3']]
sage: [ZZ(i[0])  for i in mylist]
[1, 2, 3]
sage: prod([ZZ(i[0])  for i in mylist])
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By the way, yo do not have to import the prod() function from numpy, Sage already have its own.

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