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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 - 18 of 18 for your search on "Delahaye, Baudouin":

Delahaye, B. (1987). J.-B. Pontalis, L'amour des commencements, Gallimard, Paris, 1986. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 11:117. […]
Delahaye, B. (1985). Jean Finck Thomas Mann et la psychanalyse Les Belles Lettrès, collection Confluents Psychanalytiques, Paris, 1982. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 6:123-124. […]
Delahaye, B. (1985). Les premiers psychanalystes, Minutes de la Société Psychanalytique de Vienne Tome IV: 1912-1918: Editions Gallimard, Collection Connaissance de l'Inconscient, Paris, 1983. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 7:121-121. […]
Delahaye, B. (1987). Elisabeth Roudinesco, La bataille de cent ans. Histoire de la psychanalyse en France, tome 2, 1925-1985, Paris, Seuil, 1986.. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 11:119-120. […]
Delahaye, B. (1987). Henri Atlan, A tort et à raison. Intercritique de la science et du mythe, Paris, Seuil, 1986. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 11:115-116. […]
Delahaye, B. (1987). Marc Auge, Monique David-Ménard, Vladimir Granoff, Jean-Louis Lang, Octave Mannoni, L'objet en psychanalyse. Le fétiche, le corps, l'enfant, la science, Paris, Denoël, L'espace analytique, 1986.. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 10:103-104. […]
Delahaye, B. (1986). Geneviève Haag, Julia Kristeva, Octave Mannoni, Edmond Ortigues et Monique Schneider. Travail De La Metaphore Identification/Interprétation Denoël, L'Espace Analytique, Paris, 1984. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 9:83-84. […]
Delahaye, B. (1985). J. Contreras, J. Favret-Saada, J. Hochmann, O. Mannoni, F. Roustang Le Moi et VAutre Denoël, Collection L'Espace Analytique, Paris, 1985. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 7:119-120. […]
Delahaye, B. (1985). M. Legrand Psychanalyse, science, société P. Mardaga, Bruxelles, 1983. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 7:117-118. […]
Delahaye, B. (1984). Sigmund Freud Contribution à la conception des aphasies, une étude critique Paris, P.U.F., 1983. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 5:119-120. […]
Delahaye, B. (1984). J. Cain, C. David, M. Fain, J. Guillaumin, S. Mellor-Picaut, M. Olender Souffrance, plaisir et pensée Les Belles Lettres, Confluents psychiatriques, Paris, 1983.. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 5:117-118. […]
Delahaye, B. (1986). La chimère analytique. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 8:41-58. […]
Delahaye, B. (1985). Ouf! ce n'était qu'un rêve. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 7:47-52. […]
Delahaye, B. (1983). Un philosophe interroge Freud: P.-L. Assoun Psychanalyse et philosophie des sciences. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 3:73-89. […]
Delahaye, B. (1995). Technique et Théorie de la technique (1915-1939). Rev. Belg Psychanal., 26:69-82. […]
Delahaye, B. (1986). Michel Henry Généalogie de la psychanalyse Le commencement perdu, P.U.F., Collection Epiméthée, Paris, 1985. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 8:97-101. […]
Delahaye, B. (1993). Technique et théorie de la technique. Rev. Belg Psychanal., 22:61-91. […]
Delahaye, B. (1984). «Le Temps est un enfant qui joue au trictrac». Rev. Belg Psychanal., 5:17-40. […]
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