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Python: Sum a specific column of a list in a given list of lists

Python List: Exercise - 142 with Solution

Write a Python program to sum a specific column of a list in a given list of lists.

Sample Solution:

Python Code:

def sum_column(nums, C):
    result = sum(row[C] for row in nums)
    return result

nums = [
        [1,2,3,2],
        [4,5,6,2],
        [7,8,9,5],
        ]
print("Original list of lists:")
print(nums)

column = 0
print("\nSum: 1st column of the said list of lists:")
print(sum_column(nums, column))
column = 1
print("\nSum: 2nd column of the said list of lists:")
print(sum_column(nums, column))
column = 3
print("\nSum: 4th column of the said list of lists:")
print(sum_column(nums, column))

Sample Output:

Original list of lists:
[[1, 2, 3, 2], [4, 5, 6, 2], [7, 8, 9, 5]]

Sum: 1st column of the said list of lists:
12

Sum: 2nd column of the said list of lists:
15

Sum: 4th column of the said list of lists:
9

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Floor Division:

When we speak of division we normally mean (/) float division operator, this will give a precise result in float format with decimals.

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Output:

3
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