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For a day 11 challenge for Python I feel lik this one was extremely unfair. X([^]

if __name__ == '__main__':
    arr = []
    max = -99
    for _ in range(6):
        arr.append(list(map(int, input().rstrip().split())))

sums = []
for i in range(4):
    for j in range(4):
        total = 0
        for k in range(3):
            for l in range(3):
                if k == 1 and l in [0, 2]:
                total += arr[i+k][j+l]


I get an error:
Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "/tmp/submission/20220826/20/52/hackerrank-fb3d12eb5f6eb2b1d99475a9a96b5a15/code/", line 29, in <module>


TypeError: 'int' object is not callable

Works perfectly fine when I do this at the end instead:


My question is: Why on Earth am I not able to use the max function on the list in the above code without it throwing the above error?

What I have tried:

Updated 26-Aug-22 18:58pm

1 solution

Look at the error message:
File "/tmp/submission/20220826/20/52/hackerrank-fb3d12eb5f6eb2b1d99475a9a96b5a15/code/", line 29, in <module>


TypeError: 'int' object is not callable
So, the problem is with print, max, or sums.
You aren't calling anything on sums so we can ignore that.
print is a function: if we add a line above that which says
print("Hello World")
It works and we get no error on that.
So it has to be a problem with max.
Look at the rest of your code, and we find this:
max = -99
So you are defining max as an integer value. That overrides the "normal" definition of max as a function, and gives you a problem.
Remove the line, and it'll work: 56 is printed.

You should expect to get syntax errors every day, probably many times a day while you are coding - we all do regardless of how much experience we have! Sometimes, we misspell a variable, or a keyword; sometimes we forget to close a string or a code block. Sometimes the cat walks over your keyboard and types something really weird. Sometimes we just forget how many parameters a method call needs.

We all make mistakes.

And because we all do it, we all have to fix syntax errors - and it's a lot quicker to learn how and fix them yourself than to wait for someone else to fix them for you! So invest a little time in learning how to read error messages, and how to interpret your code as written in the light of what the compiler is telling you is wrong - it really is trying to be helpful!

So read this: How to Write Code to Solve a Problem, A Beginner's Guide Part 2: Syntax Errors[^] - it should help you next time you get a compilation error!
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Chris Aug2022 27-Aug-22 4:13am    
Thanks! Some reason I understood the error and I changed sum to Sumz and Sumzies(lol) but I completely overlooked 'max' as it was preset by the website to create the array and I had that function minimized! I'll check out the article when I wake up tomorrow as it's 4:12am. Thanks again.
OriginalGriff 27-Aug-22 4:53am    
You're welcome!

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