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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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RodriguĆ©, E. (1956). ACTUALIZACIONES: REVISIƓN DEL SIMBOLISMO. Rev. psicoanál., 13(1):70-76.

(1956). Revista de Psicoanálisis, 13(1):70-76

ACTUALIZACIONES: REVISIÓN DEL SIMBOLISMO

Emilio Rodrigué

Segunda Parte

La génesis de los símbolos

En la parte primera de esta revisión me detuve en las nociones básicas que fundamentaron la definición restringida del término “símbolo”.

Critiqué en esa ocasión la suposición de que el símbolo tenga una significación constante, arcaica y “muda”, por carecer de fundamentos y por presentar metodológicamente más dificultades de las que resuelve.

Desearía introducir esta Segunda Parte considerando la génesis del simbolismo; es decir, discutir nuestras ideas acerca de cómo se forma y cómo evoluciona un símbolo.

Por consenso unánime se considera que la identificación de lo familiar con lo desconocido es el pre-requisito para la creación del símbolo. Esta identificación permite la transferencia de interés del objeto primario al secundario. Jones [7] denomina generalización primaria al período temprano de la infancia en que se establecen las numerosas equiparaciones transferenciales de objetos y aunque, como lo ha hecho notar Marion Milner [12], vacila en su apreciación de si el símbolo desempeña un papel estimulante o inhibidor de la sublimación y del desarrollo del yo, al fin se define por la segunda tesis. Por ejemplo, en el pasaje de su trabajo sobre simbolismo donde habla de las vicisitudes de la sublimación y de las ideas científicas, Jones concluye: “La regresión también puede terminar en un simbolismo verdadero en el que las ideas resultantes de la sublimación pierden su significación intrínseca y decaen, convirtiéndose en meros símbolos” p.

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