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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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Abadí, M. (1955). DIONISO - ESTUDIO PSICOANALÍTICO DEL MITO Y CULTO DIONISÍACOS. Rev. psicoanál., 12(1):18-39.

(1955). Revista de Psicoanálisis, 12(1):18-39

DIONISO - ESTUDIO PSICOANALÍTICO DEL MITO Y CULTO DIONISÍACOS

Mauricio Abadí

Introducción

El propósito de esta comunicación es presentar un estudio psicoanalítico del mito de Dioniso y de las fiestas dionisíacas, que tanta importancia tuvieron en el movimiento religioso subterráneo de la antigua Grecia.

Dioniso

La figura de Dioniso se destaca, con rasgos muy peculiares, en el mundo de las divinidades helénicas. Su origen es oscuro, su mitología compleja. No es, por cierto, un dios aristocrático y celeste, como los demás dioses del Olimpo. Es más bien una divinidad ctónica, terrestre, subterránea. Su aparición en el mundo griego, en el siglo vi a. C., coincidió con la difusión de movimientos religiosos de carácter profundamente misteriológico, bastante opuestos al carácter convencional de la religión oficial y con profundo arraigo popular. El culto apolíneo recibió un grave golpe con el advenimiento del culto dionisíaco, que descendió, según parece, de las regiones nórdicas de Grecia y que se difundió, con carácter casi epidémico, en la masa del pueblo.

Los variados epítetos con que se lo designa, reflejan diferentes aspectos de su compleja personalidad: es Dioniso el “gynaikomanés”, o sea “loco por las mujeres”, el “mainómenos”, o sea el “poseído” por una manía de origen divino, y finalmente, es, por sus simbolizaciones animales más frecuentes (los totem que le dieron origen), el toro o el macho cabrío.

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