The labels for my feature SSA_NAME are approximately 5 words long. I would like to shorten the labels to only 2 words. Every time I try a different code I receive either an error message or my layer is not labelled at all. Here is a code I tried based on another person's StackExchange question.

def convertLabel([SSA_NAME]): S= [SSA_NAME] S = S.split(" ")1 return S

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  • Hi @Aaron , I just tried replacing the [] with !! but I'm still receiving the same error. def convertLabel(!SSA_NAME!): S= !SSA_NAME! S = S.split(" ")[1] return S – WolverineTime Jul 1 '15 at 20:42
  • No, you just need !! in FieldCalculator, not in the label expression. – mr.adam Jul 1 '15 at 20:55

This works for me and I have labeling only with 2nd word:

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So maybe you have few atributres without " ", and you get "out of index".

def label([SSA_NAME]):
    x = [SSA_NAME]
    x1 = x.split(" ")
    if len(x1)>1:
        return x1[0] + " " + x1[1]
        return x1[0]
  • You should be able to shorten this to one line, no need for the FindLabel function: [SSA_NAME].split(" ")[1] If you want the first two words, you could just use [SSA_NAME].split(" ")[0] + " " + [SSA_NAME].split(" ")[1] Or, slice the list with [:1], but that may create a funny looking string – mr.adam Jul 1 '15 at 20:58
  • @mr.adam, I just tried [SSA_NAME].split(" ")[1] but in 'basic' the error was "No Features found. Could not verify expression." 'Advanced' gave me a different error. – WolverineTime Jul 1 '15 at 21:09
  • @dmh126, the code in your pasted pic worked for getting the second word but it did not allow the first and second to appear together. I tried [:1] instead of [1] but that just made the label disappear. – WolverineTime Jul 1 '15 at 21:11
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    return x1[0] + " " + x1[1] should works – dmh126 Jul 1 '15 at 21:13
  • @dmh126, that did the trick. I'm new to coding so thank you! – WolverineTime Jul 1 '15 at 21:20

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