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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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Rovatti, J.T. (1959). RELACIONES ENTRE CANDIDATOS. Rev. psicoanál., 16(4):337-341.

(1959). Revista de Psicoanálisis, 16(4):337-341

RELACIONES ENTRE CANDIDATOS

Jorge T. Rovatti

Este symposium tiene características específicas y distintas. Vamos a tratar y discutir lo que pensamos de nosotros mismos. El transformarnos en objeto de nuestra investigación nos obliga a un esfuerzo disociativo y a aceptar la pérdida de nuestras defensas narcisísticas, incrementadas por la espectacularidad que un público impone.

Partiendo del supuesto que el ingreso a seminarios representa el parto de nuestra formación, comentaré y analizaré ciertos aspectos anteriores y posteriores a este hecho, que considero importantes para nuestras relaciones. Los conceptos sobre psiquismo fetal que incluyo son los postulados por el doctor Arnaldo Rascovsky.

Al entrar a seminarios comprendí que la neurosis era la génesis de nuestra vocación para psicoanalistas, el candidato que no podía aceptarlo tenía ideas cargadas de prejuicios racionales y limitaba las posibilidades terapéuticas del tratamiento.

Así como el primer día de clase en la escuela primaria nos preguntábamos: ¿cómo te llamas? ¿de qué trabaja tu papá? en los primeros días de seminario las preguntas eran: ¿con quién te analizas? ¿cómo lo elegiste? Esto me hizo pensar en la importancia que para nuestra formación tiene el analista didáctico y su elección.

Freud (en el tomo XXI, pág.

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