Choice_index is not defined

12-02-2021 08:56 AM
Occasional Contributor

I am trying to use the formula here:

jr:choice-name(selected-at(${select_multiple}, choice_index), '${select_multiple}')

To combine the labels from a select multiple into a new field. My exact calculation is here:

jr:choice-name(selected-at(${Photographers}, choice_index), '${Photographers}')

This previously worked in this survey before, it matches exactly the Survey123 Formula Documentation

In the Survey123 app I receive the following error in the field this calculation is in:

ReferenceError: choice_index is not defined in expression: (Then lists the expression again here)

I know I can do a workaround with a series of concatenations and if statements, but this should work and has worked before. Just not sure what's going on here. Anybody else experiencing this?

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Esri Regular Contributor

Hi @CurtisDeVault 

In the selected-at() function, choice_index must be an integer. From the same documentation, the selected-at() function "returns the name of the choice selected for the given number, counted starting from zero; for example, '2' will return the third selected choice." Note that the choice index can either be a number you specify in the expression, or a question placeholder, e.g. 

jr:choice-name(selected-at(${Photographers}, 4), '${Photographers}')


jr:choice-name(selected-at(${Photographers}, ${choice_num}), '${Photographers}')

where ${choice_num} is an integer question.

The jr:choice-name() function returns the label of one choice only. So if you want to get the labels for all selected Photographers into one field, you'd need a separate jr:choice-name() expression for each selection. One way to do this could be to have a separate hidden question for each choice, then concatenate all these into a final question.

I will raise an issue to make the documentation clearer, as the descriptions for selected-at() and jr:choice-name() functions differ when referring to the choice index. Thanks for bring this to our attention!

Hope this helps,

Best, Jim

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