Both and must be set for numeric fields – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to index a document with a numeric field that lacks either a value or a type. Elasticsearch requires both to properly index and search numeric fields. To resolve this issue, ensure that all numeric fields in your documents have both a value and a type. If you’re dynamically creating documents, add checks to your code to ensure these fields are always set. Alternatively, you can set default values for these fields in your Elasticsearch mappings.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” both [{}] and [{}] must be set for numeric fields. ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index, query.

Log Context

Log “both [{}] and [{}] must be set for numeric fields.” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("parameter [{}] not supported!"; parameterName);
 if (scaleFound == false || refFound == false) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("both [{}] and [{}] must be set for numeric fields."; DecayFunctionBuilder.SCALE;
 IndexNumericFieldData numericFieldData = context.getForField(fieldType);
 return new NumericFieldDataScoreFunction(origin; scale; decay; offset; getDecayFunction(); numericFieldData; mode);


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