asking for help (was RE: [R] nnet trouble, continued)

Liaw, Andy andy_liaw at
Fri Aug 9 14:12:58 CEST 2002

> From: Sirotkin, Alexander [mailto:demiurg at]
> P.S. Anybody who finds my postings insulting, please write a 
> mail filter
>     for my address. Although I can not understand why it may insult
>     anybody.
> P.P.S. Must be related to cultural differences, I guess...

It's not insulting to me, personally, but quite possibly to the author of
that software, who spent unknown amount of time to create it and give it
away for free.

May I suggest that you learn how to ask questions in a way that will
actually encourage people to help you, if that is your intent?  For starter:

o Give the version info for VR (which includes nnet), R, and your OS.

o Give the command(s) that failed, not just the error message.

o Attach data used, or use a dataset included in R or one of the packages.  
  "Almost like the iris data" obviously isn't true: there are no NAs in

I've used nnet quite a few times, and the only occasions that it failed is
when the data is too large.


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