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Re: Catching messages

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  • Subject: [mg91620] Re: Catching messages
  • From: thorgal <pbruynd at>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 04:24:59 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <g90bg1$n91$> <g95k03$4tr$>

On Aug 28, 9:26 am, David Bailey <dave at>
> thorgalwrote:
> > Is there an easy way to immediately abort a function that was called
> > when it generates a given message and return to the part of the
> > program that called this function ?  I want to do this when I call
> > some function from Mathematica packages, i.e. i don't want to change
> > to function code in the packages and include e.g. catch-throw
> > sequences.
> I don't think your request is very meaningful as stated. When you call a
> function - even some built-in ones - that function may make several
> sub-calls before the diagnostic is generated. Falling back one level
> (which is more or less what happens anyway after the diagnostic has been
> generated) is not really useful, and tends to result in a cascade of
> errors.
> Why not tell us a bit more about what you are trying to achieve. For
> example, if you are trying to do something like a minimisation (where
> the package contains the minimation code), and the function can
> misbehave for some values, wrap the function in another which catches
> the errors and returns a suitable numeric value in these cases.
> David Bailey


It is indeed something like you suggested.  I am using the Wolfram
Neural network package.  Sometimes it happens that the algorithm has
problems, converges slowly or other warnings.  Usually it is
sufficient to stop the training, re-initialize the neural network and
train again.  Now I do this manually and I would like to find a way
that the neural network training function I call from my program would
return to my program when a given warning message is issued, i.e so
not just falling back one level, but falling back to the level where
my program called the training function , so that the program can re-
initialize the network and try again.

I haven't found any Mathematica command that can force a program to
return to a given level when an error/warning occurs at a deeper

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