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 Jessica Leah posted on Thursday, August 05, 2010 - 5:42 pm

I'm trying to do a path analysis with a variable that has non-integer values. As a result, I'm getting an error message. Is it possible to correct this without modifying my variable?

 Linda K. Muthen posted on Friday, August 06, 2010 - 9:52 am
It sounds like you are putting the variable on the CATEGORICAL list. If it is categorical, it should not have non-integer values. Perhaps you are reading the data incorrectly.
 Melissa Kimber posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 - 9:02 am
I am getting a similar problem; however, I checked the data and everyone is coded as either a 1,2 or 3.
Any suggestions?
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 - 9:57 am
Please send the input, data, output, and your license number to
 Lin Gu posted on Sunday, December 09, 2012 - 6:43 pm
I have a variable that has 7 ordered values: 0, .5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, and 3. I put it one the categorical list and got the error message about non-integar values. Is there a way that I can treat the variable as a categorical variable or do I have to model it as a continuous variable? Thanks.
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 - 10:50 am
The values of a categorical variable have no meaning. Just change the values to integers:

0 1 2 3 4 5 6
 Rohan Jayasuriya posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 - 8:08 am

I am having the same problem as Melissa Kimber

Categorical variable BPCNTR contains non-integer values

I have checked the input file on notepad and the variable is coded 1 or 2

I went back to my original SPSS file and saved it as dat file and tried again. same result.

any help appreciated
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 - 9:00 am
Please send the output, data set, and your license number to You are most likely reading the data incorrectly or you have blanks in the data set.
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