# Sum of values of elements in a Dictionary in Python

A dictionary is a collection of elements with key-value pairs. The values in the elements are accessed with the keys of that element. So let’s start learning: how to find the sum of values of elements in a dictionary in Python. One can gain knowledge on the functions and methods of a dictionary by typing

>> help(dict)

in the Python IDLE.

Using this program, we will add up all the integral values of the elements in a dictionary. This can be done either by using the math function or normally accessing each value using a loop.

## Python program to find the sum of values of elements in a dictionary

```def SUM(dict):
k=dict.values()
sumd=0
for i in k:
sumd=sumd+i
print(sumd)

diction1={'A':1,'B':2,'C':3,'D':4,'E':5}
SUM(diction1)```

OUTPUT:

`15`

#### CODE EXPLANATION:

We are considering a parameter dict which would later, during function call be replaced by a global variable to which a dictionary is assigned. For eg: In the above code, we use a variable diction1 and then replace the parameter by diction1 while calling SUM().  A user-defined function named SUM is used to obtain the desired output.

1. As a first step, we used a variable k allocated in memory and assigned a list to it. You must be wondering, LIST? WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?
2. The dict.values() method of a dictionary forms a list of the values of the elements in the dictionary. For eg : if there is a dictionary d={‘A’:1,’B’:2,’C’:3,’D’:4,’E’:5} then the method d.values() generates a list of the values of the elements.
3. A variable sumd is allocated to a memory space. It is assigned integer 0.
4. Using a for loop, one can traverse the list allocated to variable k.
5. Then every single element of the list is added to the variable called sumd.
6. The variable sumd calculates the sum of the values of the dictionary elements is then printed.