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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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Strachey, J. (1960). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VIII (1905): Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VIII (1905): Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, i-vi. The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-analysis, London.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VIII (1905): Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious

Strachey, J. (1960). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VIII (1905): Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, i-vi. The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-analysis, London.

[SEH0a1]The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VIII (1905): Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious Next

Translated from the German under the General Editorship of James Strachey

In Collaboration with:
Anna Freud

Assisted by:
Alix Strachey and Alan Tyson

FRONTISPIECE Sigmund Freud in 1906 (Aet. 50) By Permission of Sigmund Freud Copyrights

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[SEH0a2]Contents

VOLUME EIGHT
JOKES AND THEIR RELATION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS (1905)
  page
Editor's Preface
3
A. ANALYTIC PART  
      I INTRODUCTION 9
      II THE TECHNIQUE OF JOKES 16
      III THE PURPOSES OF JOKES
90
B. SYNTHETIC PART  
      IV THE MECHANISM OF PLEASURE AND THE PSYCHOGENESIS OF JOKES 117
      V THE MOTIVES OF JOKES—JOKES AS A SOCIAL PROCESS
140
C. THEORETIC PART  
      VI THE RELATION OF JOKES TO DREAMS AND TO THE UNCONSCIOUS 159
      VII JOKES AND THE SPECIES OF THE COMIC
181
APPENDIX: Franz Brentano's Riddles
237
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND AUTHOR INDEX
239
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
243
INDEX OF JOKES
245
GENERAL INDEX
249*
FRONTISPIECE Sigmund Freud in 1906 (Aet. 50)  
By Permission of Sigmund Freud Copyrights  

* [SEH0a3]Not Available in PEP

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Article Citation [Who Cited This?]

Strachey, J. (1960). [SEH0a1]The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VIII (1905): Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious. i-vi. The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-analysis, London.

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