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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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Results 1 - 30 of 47 for your search on ""Brink, L."":

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Brink, L. (1915). The Myth of the Birth of the Hero. A Psychological Interpretation of Mythology. By Dr. O. Rank. Translated by Drs. F. Robbins and Smith Ely Jelliffe. Nervous and Mental Disease Monograph Series, No. 18. New York.. Psychoanal. Rev., 2(3):354-355. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1915). Dreams and Myths. By Dr. Karl Abraham. Translated by Dr. W. A. White. Nervous and Mental Disease Monograph Series, No. 15. Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing Co., New York. $1.00.. Psychoanal. Rev., 2(2):236-238. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1942). The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. Psychoanal. Rev., 29(3):330-334. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1921). Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland. Collected and Arranged by Lady Gregory. With Two Essays and Notes by W. B. Yeats. In Two Series. New York and London, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press. 1920.. Psychoanal. Rev., 8(1):114-116. […]
 
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Brink., L. (1917). The Tomb of Senebtisi at Lisht. By Arthur C. Mace and Herbert E. Winlock. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition. New York, 1916.. Psychoanal. Rev., 4(4):466-468. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1915). Ecce Deus. Studies of Primitive Christianity. By William Benjamin Smith. Open Court Publishing Company, Chicago.. Psychoanal. Rev., 2(4):472-475. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1915). Love and The Soul-Maker. By Mary E. Austin. D. Appleton & Co., New York.. Psychoanal. Rev., 2(2):233-235. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1914). The Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani, Scribe And Treasurer of the Temple of Egypt, About B.C. 1450. By E. Wallis Budge, M.A., Litt, D., Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the British Museum. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York... Psychoanal. Rev., 1(4):479-482. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1914). The Meaning of God in Human Experience. a Philosophic Study in Religion. By William Ernest Hocking, Ph.D., Yale University. Yale University Press.. Psychoanal. Rev., 1(4):472-479. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1914). Osiris and the Egyptian Resurrection. By E. A. Wallis Budge, Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the British Museum. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York.. Psychoanal. Rev., 1(3):355-358. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1929). Imago: Zeitschrift Für Anwendung Der Psychoanalyse Auf Die Geistes—wissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 16(4):434-444. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1929). Imago: Zeitschrift ftir Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geistes—wissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 16(3):337-347. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1928). Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 15(2):220-225. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1927). Imago: Zeitschrift Für Anwendung Der Psychoanalyse Auf Die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 14(3):332-340. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1926). Imago: Zeitschrift fur Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geistes—wissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 13(4):479-488. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1925). Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 12(4):465-477. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1924). Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 11(3):337-342. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1923). Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwendung Der Psychoanalyse Auf Die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 10(4):467-470. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1923). Imago: Zeitschrift für die Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 10(2):220-224. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1922). Imago: Zeitschrift für die Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 9(4):462-465. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1922). Imago: Zeitschrift für die Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 9(2):255-261. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1922). Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 9(1):74-77. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1921). Imago: Zeitschrift für die Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geis-teswissenschaften.. Psychoanal. Rev., 8(3):329-336. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1921). Imago: Zeitschrift fiir Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 8(2):193-210. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1921). Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwemdung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 8(1):99-107. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1920). Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 7(4):385-395. […]
 
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Sadger, J. Brink, L. (1920). Sleep Walking and Moon Walking: A Medico-Literary Study. Psychoanal. Rev., 7(2):163-180. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1919). The Mythology of All Races. In Thirteen Volumes. Louis Herbert Gray, A.M., Ph.D., Editor, George Foot Moore, A.M., D.D., LL.D., Consulting Editor. Volume III, Celtic. By John Arnott MacCulloch, Hon. D.D., Slavic. By Jan Máchal, Ph.D., with a Chapter on Baltic Mythology by the Editor. Boston, Marshall Jones Company.. Psychoanal. Rev., 6(4):475-477. […]
 
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Brink, L. (1919). Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften. Psychoanal. Rev., 6(4):450-467. […]
 
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Jelliffe, S.E. Brink, L. (1919). The Wild Duck. Psychoanal. Rev., 6(4):357-378. […]
 
 
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