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Tip: Understanding Rank

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When you do a search, you can sort the results bibliographically alphabetical or by “rank”. What is Rank?

Rank refers to the search engine’s “best guess” as to the relevance of the result to the search you specified. The exact method of ranking used varies a bit depending on the search. In its most basic level, when you specify a single search term, rank looks at the density of the matches for the word in the document, and how close to the beginning of the document they appear as a measure of importance to the paper’s topic. The documents with the most matches and where the term is deemed to have the most importance, have the highest “relevance” and are ranked first (presented first).

When you specify more than one term to appear anywhere in the article, the method is similar, but the search engine looks at how many of those terms appear, and how close together they appear, how close to the beginning of the document, and can even take into account the relative rarity of the search terms and their density in the retrieved file, where infrequent terms count more heavily than common terms.

To see a simple example of this, search for the words (not the phrase, so no quotes):

unconscious communications

Look at the density of matches in each document on the first page of the hits. Then go to the last page of matched documents, and observe the density of matches within the documents.

A more complex search illustrates this nicely with a single page and only 15 matches:

counter*tr* w/25 “liv* out” w/25 enact*

There are a lot of word forms and variants of the words (due to the * wildcards) above that can match, but the proximity (w/25) clause limits the potential for matching. What’s interesting here though is how easily you can see the match density decrease as you view down the short list.

The end result of selecting order by rank is that the search engine’s best “guess” as to which articles are more relevant appear higher on the list than less relevant articles.

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Díez, C. Morera, P. Nieto, P. (1991). LA PROBLEMATICA EN LA TRANSMISION DEL PSICOANALISIS: EN BUSCA DE UNA CONJUNCION POSIBLE (9 DE FEBRERO 1991). Rev. Psicoanál. Asoc. Psico. Madrid, 14:111-118.
  

(1991). Revista de Psicoanálisis, 14:111-118

LA PROBLEMATICA EN LA TRANSMISION DEL PSICOANALISIS: EN BUSCA DE UNA CONJUNCION POSIBLE (9 DE FEBRERO 1991)

C. Díez, P. Morera y P. Nieto

En un principio, el objetivo que nos planteamos fue abordar los problemas de la transmisión del psicoanálisis en general, pero, dada la complejidad del tema, decidimos centrarnos en los propios de nuestro Instituto, que fue lo que en realidad dio origen al inicio de la preparación de estas jornadas.

La información recabada acerca de la estructuración de la docencia en otros institutos nos ha servido como punto de partida para reflexionar acerca del nuestro.

Como era de esperar, nos hemos encontrado con que todos los Institutos sustentan la formación en tres pilares básicos:

-    Análisis personal.

-    Supervisiones.

-    Seminarios.

Hay consenso general en cuanto al papel fundamental que juega el psicoanálisis. “El psicoanálisis personal, como dice Lebovici, desemboca en la realización de esa transmisión, gracias a una relación diádica. Pero el desarrollo del proceso que se instituye entre el candidato y su analista debe ser corregido o mediatizado por el instituto de psicoanálisis.”

Hay acuerdo también en cuanto a las normas que deben regir el psicoanálisis de candidatos, que debe ajustarse a las de la I.P.A., quien recomienda entre 4 y 5 sesiones semanales de 45 a 50 minutos. Es tendencia general, aunque aún persistan excepciones, el preservar los.

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