Using functions, how would I print the lowest, highest, and average of my PAY list?

``````try:
text_file = open ("Pay.txt", "w")
text_file.writelines(Pay)
text_file.close()
except (IOError):
print 'Error opening/writing Pay.txt'

try:
text_file= open("Pay.txt","r")
text_file.close()
PAY.sort()``````
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I modified this one a bit from a post I made a few days ago so you will need to clean it up but it does what you want.

``````from random import randrange

def initialize():
""" create a list of random numbers and sort them and print them out"""
#creates the list
tmp = []
mylist = []
for num in range(0,15):
mylist.append(randrange(1,1000))

#keep sending the list to the sorter always returning the
#highest number back until initial list is empty
while mylist != []:
highest = sorter(mylist)
tmp.append(highest)
mylist.remove(highest)
#print to screen
#print "high to low\n" , tmp
print "high", tmp[0]
tmp.reverse()
#print "low to high\n" , tmp
print "low", tmp[0]
length = len(tmp)
average = 0
for item in tmp:
average += item
average = average / length
print "average", average

def sorter(mylist):
""" find the highest number and return it"""
highest = 0
for item in mylist:
if item > highest:
highest = item
return highest

initialize()``````

Thanks, I don't mind it will help me get a better idea.

Generally, it pays (no pun intended) to keep your pay list object intact. Save and load it with module pickle. A purely numeric list like that makes the rest of the calculations easy ...

``````# sample list of annual salaries
pay_list = [
35500,
49600,
28450,
75234,
51230
]

# get lowest pay
print(min(pay_list))  # 28450

# get highest pay
print(max(pay_list))  # 75234

# get average pay
print(float(sum(pay_list))/len(pay_list))  # 48002.8``````
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