One error you may encounter when using Python is:

ValueError: cannot perform reduce with flexible type

This error occurs when you attempt to perform some calculation on an object in Python that is not numeric.

The following example shows how to fix this error in practice.

**How to Reproduce the Error**

Suppose we have the following NumPy array:

import numpy as np #define NumPy array of values data = np.array(['1', '2', '3', '4', '7', '9', '10', '12']) #attempt to calculate median of values np.median(data) TypeError: cannot perform reduce with flexible type

We receive a **TypeError** because we attempted to calculated the median of a list of string values.

**How to Fix the Error**

The easiest way to fix this error is to simply convert the NumPy array to a float object so that we can perform mathematical operations on it.

The following code shows how to do so:

#convert NumPy array of string values to float values data_new = data.astype(float) #view updated NumPy array data_new array([ 1., 2., 3., 4., 7., 9., 10., 12.]) #check data type of array data_new.dtype dtype('float64')

We can now perform mathematical operations on the NumPy array:

#calculate median value of array np.median(data_new) 5.5 #calculate mean value of array np.mean(data_new) 6.0 #calculate max value of array np.max(data_new) 12.0

Notice that we don’t receive any errors because the NumPy array is a float object, which means we can perform mathematical operations on it.

**Additional Resources**

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

How to Fix KeyError in Pandas

How to Fix: ValueError: cannot convert float NaN to integer

How to Fix: ValueError: operands could not be broadcast together with shapes