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Status Future consideration
Workspace SPSS Modeler
Components SPSS Modeler
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 23, 2018

Automatically trim leading and trailing spaces from Variable Names

A colleague was struggling with getting a Time Series model to work.  The issue turned out to be that there were leading and trailing spaces on the target variable name.  I have seen this happen with client data in the past.  The error message that Modeler generates is non-obvious and is not mentioned in the resolution for that error. [2018-08-23 12:26:42] AEQAE1004E: Unable to complete the request. Reason: Reduce Execution error - The field name Expenses is not valid. I can't think of any good reason for a variable name to have spaces, so it seems like trimming them automatically would be a good solution.

  • Guest
    Dec 14, 2018

    One of the easiest fixes might be changing the error message to something like, 'check formatting of field names'. However, I would agree with Cherlyl that the best fix is to remove leading and trailing spaces.