Variable names in different language

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by davidville » Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:16 am

All is great with JAMOVI and I use it a lot.
I can change the names of variables using a different language (Hebrew) and One-way ANOVA has no problems.
But ANOVA, MANCOVA and linear regression (at least) give me an error:
<text>:1:10: unexpected symbol 1:cbind( .....etc.....
I was wondering if there might be a fix for this?
Thank you so much
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by Ravi » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:18 pm

Hi david,

Can you attach the .omv file where this happens?\

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by davidville » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:57 pm

Here is an example but it happens in other files as well
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by jonathon » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:34 am

so the issue here is that a lot of R packages don't handle unicode very well, so we re-encode the variable names into what's called base 64 (an encoding which only uses 0-9a-zA-Z_.). then we prefix them with a . because names in R can't begin with an _. the issue here is that hebrew characters have the misfortune of being encoded to something like:


and R looks at the '.15' and says "ok, so this is a number", and spits the dummy when it gets to the DFx.

so it's likely an issue which only affects the hebrew language, because, coincidentally, hebrew characters get encoded to begin with numbers.

anyhow, all i need to do is change the prefix . to something else, say an x


and the problem is solved.

this will be fixed in the next release.


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