Cannot normalize the point – not a number – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to normalize a geospatial point that is not a number. This usually happens when you’re indexing geospatial data and the coordinates provided are not numeric. To resolve this issue, ensure that the data you’re indexing is in the correct format. Check your data source for any non-numeric values and correct them. Also, validate your data before indexing to prevent such errors. If you’re using a script to index data, ensure it correctly handles non-numeric values.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cannot normalize the point – not a number ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index.

Log Context

Log “cannot normalize the point – not a number” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 } else {
 if (isNormalizable( && isNormalizable(in.lon())) {
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("cannot normalize the point - not a number");
 return in;


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