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Re: Re: How does NIntegrate suppress messages?

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  • Subject: [mg62508] Re: [mg62461] Re: How does NIntegrate suppress messages?
  • From: "Ingolf Dahl" <ingolf.dahl at>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 02:47:07 -0500 (EST)
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A general method to suppress messages from Check is the following:

  Block[{$Messages = {}}, Check[expr, failexpr]]

My theory is that Nintergrate uses the same mechanism. Can we find a way to
unsuppress the messages? 

One example:


  x=0;Check[func[x],"Divide by zero"]

gives both a message and evalutated failexpr, but 

  x = 0; Block[{Set[$Messages, {}]}, Check[func[x], "Divide by zero"]]

just evaluates failexpr. We might turn on the messages by redefining the

  newfunc[x_] := Block[{Set[$Messages, {OutputStream["stdout", 1]}]},

  x = 0; Block[{Set[$Messages, {}]}, Check[newfunc[x], "Divide by zero"]]

will give us the message back. To apply the same on NIntegrate is a bit
tricky.Define first 
  f::err = "error"; f[x_?NumericQ] := ( Message[f::err]; x ) 


  NIntegrate[f[x], {x, 0, 1}]

will give no messages. Embedd f in a new function in the following ways:

   newf[ x_?NumericQ]:= ( Block[ { $MessageList=msl, $Messages= {
OutputStream[     "stdout",1]}}, { f[x], msl=$MessageList}[[1]]])
  msl = {}; NIntegrate[newf[x], {x, 0, 1}]

will then give you error messages. The NumericQ test is essential.

Best regards

Ingolf Dahl

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Moylan [mailto:andrew.moylan at] 
To: mathgroup at
> Sent: den 25 november 2005 08:25
> Subject: [mg62508] [mg62461] Re: How does NIntegrate suppress messages?
> It's quite a mystery. My guess is that NIntegrate temporarily 
> redefines the Message[...] function.
> Personally, I want to know because I want to copy this 
> behaviour of NIntegrate for my own functions, if it is easy. 
> Often I write code that uses Check, and I don't want the 
> messages generated and appearing as errors and clogging up the output.
> "Alan" <info at> wrote in message 
> news:dm499k$srh$1 at
> >
> > "Andrew Moylan" <andrew.moylan at> wrote in message 
> > news:dm1b0v$ic1$1 at
> >> Whenever the integrand in NIntegrate generates messages 
> (by calling 
> >> Message), the output of these messages are suppressed, 
> although they 
> >> are still generated in the sense that they can be caught 
> using Check. 
> >> Does anyone know how NIntegrate does this?
> >
> > I don't, but your post answers a question of mine about 
> behavior which 
> > has always seemed a puzzle. Often I will wrap a complicated 
> > computation in a Check in order to Abort[] on any message. Then, I 
> > will sometimes get an Abort[], but no message! And, indeed, 
> often an 
> > NIntegrate is involved. When that occurs, I have never been able to 
> > re-write the code to retrieve those missing messages.
> > So if there is a way to "unsuppress", that will be helpful 
> to me, too.
> >
> > regards,
> > alan
> >
> > 

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