Jessica Smith Jessica Smith - 2 months ago 15
Python Question

Python Code for Standard Deviation with data from SQLITE3

from math import *
import sqlite3

def main():
ageslist=ages.execute("SELECT age from person")
#average age
for row in ageslist:
average = (sum(row[0]))/len(row[0])
#subtracts average x from x or opposite and square, depending on n
for n in range(len(ageslist) - 1):
if numbers[n] > average:
numbers.append((ageslist[n] - average)**2)
if numbers[n] < average:
numbers.append((average - ageslist[n])**2)
#takes square rt of the sum of all these numbers and divides by n-1
Stdv = math.sqrt(sum(ageslist))/(len(ageslist)-1)


I am trying to find the standard deviation of the ages from an SQLITE3 db. However, I am getting the current error:
average = (sum(row[0]))/len(row[0])
TypeError: 'int' object is not iterable

How can I correct this?


The query sent to the database connection returns an iterator. You can only pass over that iterator once before it is flushed from memory. Here is some correction to your code to do what you are asking.

conn = sqlite3.connect('person.sqlite3')

def main():
    ages_iterator = conn.execute("SELECT age from person")
    # this turns the iterator into an actual list, which you need for stdev
    age_list = [a[0] for a in ages_iterator]

    # average age
    average = (sum(age_list))/len(age_list)

    # subtracts average x from x square
    # because you are squaring the difference, the it does not matter if it is
    # greater or less than the average
    numbers = [(age-average)**2 for age in age_list]

    #takes square rt of the sum of all these numbers and divides by n-1
    Stdv = math.sqrt(sum(numbers))/float(len(numbers)-1)