How to Fix in Python: ‘numpy.ndarray’ object is not callable

One common error you may encounter when using NumPy in Python is:

TypeError: 'numpy.ndarray' object is not callable

This error usually occurs when you attempt to call a NumPy array as a function by using round () brackets instead of square [ ] brackets.

The following example shows how to use this syntax in practice.

How to Reproduce the Error

Suppose we have the following NumPy array:

import numpy as np

#create NumPy array
x = np.array([2, 4, 4, 5, 9, 12, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 25])

Now suppose we attempt to access the first element in the array:

#attempt to access the first element in the array

TypeError: 'numpy.ndarray' object is not callable

Since we used round () brackets Python thinks we’re attempting to call the NumPy array x as a function.

Since x is not a function, we receive an error.

How to Fix the Error

The way to resolve this error is to simply use square [ ] brackets when accessing elements of the NumPy array instead of round () brackets:

#access the first element in the array


The first element in the array (2) is shown and we don’t receive any error because we used square [ ] brackets.

Also note that we can access multiple elements of the array at once as long as we use square [ ] brackets:

#find sum of first three elements in array
x[0] + x[1] + x[2]


Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to fix other common errors in Python:

How to Fix: ValueError: Index contains duplicate entries, cannot reshape
How to Fix: Typeerror: expected string or bytes-like object
How to Fix: TypeError: ‘numpy.float64’ object is not callable

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