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When I tried importing the NLP library 'Spacy' using import spacy I'm getting the following error:

ImportError: cannot import name 'COMBINING_DIACRITICS' from 'spacy.lang.char_classes'

Here are my versions:




python version - 3.9.18

Complete error:

ImportError                               Traceback (most recent call last)
~\AppData\Local\Temp\ipykernel_33180\ in 
----> 1 import spacy

c:\Users\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\spacy\ in 
     11 from thinc.api import Config, prefer_gpu, require_cpu, require_gpu  # noqa: F401
---> 13 from . import pipeline  # noqa: F401
     14 from . import util
     15 from .about import __version__  # noqa: F401

c:\Users\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\spacy\pipeline\ in 
----> 1 from .attributeruler import AttributeRuler
      2 from .dep_parser import DependencyParser
      3 from .edit_tree_lemmatizer import EditTreeLemmatizer
      4 from .entity_linker import EntityLinker
      5 from .entityruler import EntityRuler

c:\Users\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\spacy\pipeline\ in 
      6 from .. import util
      7 from ..errors import Errors
----> 8 from ..language import Language
      9 from ..matcher import Matcher
     10 from ..scorer import Scorer
      3     ALPHA_LOWER,
      4     ALPHA_UPPER,

ImportError: cannot import name 'COMBINING_DIACRITICS' from 'spacy.lang.char_classes' (c:\Users\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\spacy\lang\

What I have tried:

I tried installing, uninstalling Spacy, Upgrading the library & all the other common checks. Where is the issue?

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Fixed the issue by creating a new Conda Environment & installing Spacy.
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Richard MacCutchan 17-Jan-24 12:46pm    
That won't make any difference if the import does not include all the correct parts. Also Python has its own built in virtual environment creator: venv — Creation of virtual environments — Python 3.11.7 documentation[^].

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