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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 - 7 of 7 for your search on "Hettich, Nora":

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Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. Rickmeyer, C. Tahiri, M. Hettich, N. Fischmann, T. (2017). Τι μπορεί να προσφέρει η ψυχανάλυση στην τρέχουσα προσφυγική κρίση;: Προκαταρκτικές εκθέσεις από το STEP-BY-STEP: Ένα ψυχαναλυτικό πιλοτικό πρόγραμμα για την στήριξη προσφύγων σε ένα &#. Ετήσια ελληνική έκδοση, 5:273-295. […]
 
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Hettich, N. (2016). Leuzinger-Bohleber, Marianne; Böker, Heinz; Fischmann, Tamara; Northoff, Georg & Solms, Mark: Psychoanalyse und Neurowissenschaften. Chancen - Grenzen - Kontroversen. (Psychoanalyse im 21. Jahrhundert. Klinische Erfahrung, Theorie, Forschung, Anwendungen.) Stuttgart (Kohlhammer) 2015. 236 Seiten, € 24,99.. Psyche – Z Psychoanal., 70(7):674-676. […]
 
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Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. Rickmeyer, C. Tahiri, M. Hettich, N. Fischmann, T. (2016). What can Psychoanalysis Contribute to the Current Refugee Crisis?: Preliminary Reports from STEP-BY-STEP: A Psychoanalytic Pilot Project for Supporting Refugees in a “First Reception Camp” and Crisis Interventions with Traumatized Refugees. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(4):1077-1093. […]
 
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Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. Rickmeyer, C. Tahiri, M. Hettich, N. Fischmann, T. (2016). ¿Qué puede contribuir el psicoanálisis a la actual crisis de refugiados? Informes preliminares de PASO A PASO: Un proyecto piloto psicoanalítico para apoyar a los refugiados en un “campamento de primera acogida” e intervenciones de crisis con refugiados traumatizados. Int. J. Psycho-Anal. Es., 2(4):1184-1204. […]
 
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Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. Rickmeyer, C. Tahiri, M. Hettich, N. Fischmann, T. (2017). QUELLE CONTRIBUTION LA PSYCHANALYSE PEUT-ELLE APPORTER À LA CRISE ACTUELLE DES RÉFUGIÉS? Rapports préliminaires du « STEP-BY-STEP »: un projet psychanalytique pilote pour l'aide aux réfugiés dans un « camp de premier accueil »; interventions de crise pour réfugiés traumatisés. L'Année Psychanal. Int., 2017:149-171. […]
 
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Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. Rickmeyer, C. Lebiger-Vogel, J. Fritzemeyer, K. Tahiri, M. Hettich, N. (2016). Frühe Elternschaft bei traumatisierten Migranten und Geflüchteten und ihre transgenerativen Folgen: Psychoanalytische Überlegungen zur Prävention. Psyche – Z Psychoanal., 70(9):949-976. […]
 
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Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. Hettich, N. (2018). What and How Can Psychoanalysis Contribute in Support of Refugees? Concepts, Clinical Experiences and Applications in the Project STEP-BY-STEP, a Pilot Project Supporting Refugees in the Initial Reception Center “Michaelisdorf” (Michaelis-Village) in Darmstadt, Germany. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 15(3):151-173. […]
 
 
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