Lightroom Classic: Performing "Purge Unused Keywords" deletes some used keywords!

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When deleting multiple unused keywords I use the "Purge Unused Keywords" under the Metadata tab. The problem is the function is deleting keywords that have multiple images associated with it.

I use LR Classic CC to tag bib numbers of the runners from races I capture. After I'm finished there are some tags/keywords that have no images associated to them. To clear them all at once, I go to Metadata, select Purge Unused Keywords, and some tags that clearly have multiple images associated to them are deleted.

Why is keyword 95, 100, 123, 42, etc deleted, but not 99, 157, 16, etc? This started happening when I updated to the new "Classic" version 7.0.
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Keith Facchino

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Sunil Bhaskaran, Official Rep

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Keith,
I am not able to reproduce this issue.
Is it happening to the keywords you added in the previous version, and then migrated to Lr Classic?
Is there any specific steps in which we can reproduce the issue?

Thanks,
Sunil
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Keith Facchino

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I've added all these keywords in the previous version at some point. I capture 55 events and tag over 200k images a year. This is the first time this has happened. I also can't delete some keywords(106, 211, 381), one at a time, that aren't associated with any images.

I can't think of any specific steps to reproduce this. I've done it the same for over 4 years. Import race images, tag each image, delete the images I don't need, clean up the miss tagged images, then delete all the keywords not associated with any images using the Purge Unused Keywords function.

Once I'm finished with the current event I might try uninstalling LR Classic and re downloading it. Maybe that will help. I will have to set it up all over again with my specific info, or just not use the purge function.