Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: Understanding Rank

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

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.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Welldon, E. (2011). Consensuality: Didier Anzieu, Gender and the Sense of Touch by Naomi Segal. Published by Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam, New York, NY, 2009; 286 pp; €60 paperback.. Brit. J. Psychother., 27(1):118-124.

(2011). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 27(1):118-124

Consensuality: Didier Anzieu, Gender and the Sense of Touch by Naomi Segal. Published by Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam, New York, NY, 2009; 286 pp; €60 paperback.

Review by:
Estela Welldon

I came across this wonderful book because of my recent professional encounter with the author, Professor Naomi Segal, Director of the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies at the University of London, a prominent and wellknown academic feminist who has specialized in researching literature, culture and theory, with a particular interest in psychoanalysis, the body, gender and sexuality.

The main theme of this book is most topical. Just when psychoanalysis which, surprisingly, has previously ignored or not properly acknowledged the importance of the senses and their correspondence with the body, it is presently focusing its attention fully on the body, ‘taking the body back into psychoanalysis’ (as asserted by Alessandra Lemma in a recent lecture on 12 June 2010 at the BAP), with many psychoanalysts addressing this crucial subject.

Naomi Segal has written a comprehensive and fully documented book about the life and works of French psychoanalyst, Didier Anzieu, whose seminal theories constitute the essential conceptualizations on skin and containment which form the spine of this book. It includes his theoretical writing, not only his best-known skin ego but also his conceptualizations of gender and creativity from which his skin ego theory is derived.

Didier Anzieu advanced the hypothesis of a fantasy of a skin common to mother and child, from which he developed the concept of a skin ego incorporating many ideas associated with the English school of psychoanalysis, especially Kleinian theories, including Esther Bick's notion of a psychic skin.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.