Latitude must be a numeric value – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” latitude must be a numeric value ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search.

Log Context

Log “latitude must be a numeric value”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

contexts.add(stringEncode(lon; lat; precision));
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("only two values [lon; lat] expected");
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("latitude must be a numeric value");
 } else {
 while (token != Token.END_ARRAY) {
 GeoPoint point = GeoUtils.parseGeoPoint(parser);
 contexts.add(stringEncode(point.getLon(); point.getLat(); precision));


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