# 9.7.2. Comparing the means of 2 imagesΒΆ

The goal of this example is to illustrate the use of the function `nilearn.image.math_img` with a list of images as input. We compare the means of 2 resting state 4D images. The mean of the images could have been computed with nilearn `nilearn.image.mean_img` function.

Fetching 2 subject movie watching brain development fmri datasets.

```from nilearn import datasets
dataset = datasets.fetch_development_fmri(n_subjects=2)
```

Print basic information on the adhd subjects resting state datasets.

```print('Subject 1 resting state dataset at: %s' % dataset.func[0])
print('Subject 2 resting state dataset at: %s' % dataset.func[1])
```

Out:

```Subject 1 resting state dataset at: /home/nicolas/nilearn_data/development_fmri/development_fmri/sub-pixar123_task-pixar_space-MNI152NLin2009cAsym_desc-preproc_bold.nii.gz
Subject 2 resting state dataset at: /home/nicolas/nilearn_data/development_fmri/development_fmri/sub-pixar001_task-pixar_space-MNI152NLin2009cAsym_desc-preproc_bold.nii.gz
```

Comparing the means of the 2 movie watching datasets.

```from nilearn import plotting, image

result_img = image.math_img("np.mean(img1, axis=-1) - np.mean(img2, axis=-1)",
img1=dataset.func[0],
img2=dataset.func[1])

plotting.plot_stat_map(result_img,
title="Comparing means of 2 resting state 4D images.")
plotting.show()
```

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 3.143 seconds)

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