4 Methods to Calculate the Mean in Python

In this short guide, I’ll show you 4 methods to calculate the mean in Python.

By the end of this guide, you’ll be able to get the mean using this simple program:

Python GUI

4 Methods to Calculate the Mean in Python

In the following section, you’ll see 4 methods to calculate the mean in Python. For each of the methods to be reviewed, the goal is to derive the mean, given the values below:

8, 20, 12, 15, 4

Method 1: Simple Average Calculation

To start, you can use this simple average calculations to derive the mean:

sumValues = 8 + 20 + 12 + 15 + 4
n = 5
mean = sumValues/n
print ('The Mean is: ' + str(mean)) 


  • sumValues represents the sum of all the values in the dataset
  • n reflects the number of items in the dataset. In this case, there are 5 items
  • mean = sumValues/n is the actual calculation to get the mean

When you run the code in Python, you’ll get the mean of 11.8:

Method 2: Using a List to get the Mean

Alternatively, you can use a list with the values to be averaged (here, you’ll noticed that the values are placed in a list, where each value is separated by a comma):

sum = 0
values = [8,20,12,15,4]
n = len(values)

for i in values:
    sum = sum + i

mean = sum/n
print ('The Mean is: ' + str(mean)) 

When you run the code, you’ll get the same mean of 11.8:

Method 3: Using Pandas to get the Mean in Python

You can also derive the mean using pandas.

In our example, you’ll need to apply the syntax below to get the mean:

from pandas import DataFrame

data = {'values': [8,20,12,15,4]}
df = DataFrame(data)

mean = df['values'].mean()
print ('The Mean is: ' + str(mean))

As before, you’ll get the mean of 11.8:

Method 4: Using a Tkinter GUI

For the final method, you can use a tkinter graphical user interface (GUI) to get the mean:

import tkinter as tk

root= tk.Tk()

canvas1 = tk.Canvas(root, width = 500, height = 400)

label0 = tk.Label(root, text='Calculate Mean')
label0.config(font=('helvetica', 14))
canvas1.create_window(250, 40, window=label0)

entry1 = tk.Entry (root, width = 30) 
canvas1.create_window(350, 140, window=entry1)

label1 = tk.Label(root, text='Values (Separated by Comma):')
label1.config(font=('helvetica', 10))
canvas1.create_window(160, 140, window=label1)

def calcMean ():  
    values = entry1.get().split(',')
    n = len(values)
    sum = 0

    for i in values:
        sum = sum + float(i)
    npv = sum/n
    label2 = tk.Label(root, text= npv,font=('helvetica', 10, 'bold'),bg='white')
    canvas1.create_window(250, 300, window=label2)
button1 = tk.Button(text='Calculate Mean', command=calcMean, bg='green', fg='white', font=('helvetica', 9, 'bold'), width = 25)
canvas1.create_window(250, 250, window=button1)


Run the code in Python, and you’ll see this display:

Python GUI

Copy/type the values (8, 20, 12, 15, 4) in the input box. Each value should be separated by a comma. Once you’re done, click on the green button to calculate the mean:

Calculate the Mean in Python

You’ll then see the mean of 11.8:

Calculate the Mean in Python