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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 41 for your search on "McLaughlin, James T.":

McLaughlin, J.T. (1974). Confrontations with Myself. An Epilogue: By Helene Deutsch, M.D. W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1973. 217 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 43:666-667. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1962). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VIII, 1960: Regression and Fixation: Considerations Concerning the Development of the Ego. Phyllis Greenacre. Pp. 703-723.. Psychoanal Q., 31:133-134. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1961). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VIII. 1960: The Influence of Psychosomatic Research on the Psychoanalytic Process. Lawrence J. Roose. Pp. 317-334.. Psychoanal Q., 30:599-600. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1961). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VII, 1959: Structural Determinants of Phobia: A Clinical Study. Martin Wangh. Pp. 675-695.. Psychoanal Q., 30:143. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VII, 1959: Retardation, Acceleration, and Psychoanalysis. Simon Weyl. Pp. 329-349.. Psychoanal Q., 29:594. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1959). American Journal of Psychiatry. CXIII, 1957: Changing Concepts of Therapy in a Veterans Administration Mental Hygiene Clinic. E. Pumpian-Mindlin. Pp. 1095-1099.. Psychoanal Q., 28:289-290. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (2002). The Shame Response to Rejection: Herbert E. Thomas. Sewickley, PA: Albanel, 1997, 86 pp., $26.00.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 50(3):1088-1090. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1992). Response to Dr. Rosen's Letter. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 40:1229. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (2000). The Problem and Place of Physical Contact in Analytic Work: Some Reflections on Handholding in the Analytic Situation. Psychoanal. Inq., 20(1):65-81. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1988). The Analyst's Insights. Psychoanal Q., 57:370-389. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1982). Issues Stimulated by the 32nd Congress. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 63:229-240. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. Johan, M. (1992). Enactments in Psychoanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 40:827-841. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1991). Clinical and Theoretical Aspects of Enactment. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 39:595-614. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1987). The Play of Transference: Some Reflections on Enactment in the Psychoanalytic Situation. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 35:557-582. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1993). Work With Patients: The Impetus for Self-Analysis. Psychoanal. Inq., 13(3):365-389. […]
Mclaughlin, J.T. (1990). Psychoanalytic Process Research Strategies edited by Hartvig Dahl, Horst Kächele, and Helmut Thomä Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1988, xviii + 334 pp., $25.00. Psa. Books, 1(3):329-336. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1991). Psychoanalytic Process Research Strategies: Edited by Hartvig Dahl, Horst Kächele and Helmut Thomä. Heidelburg/New York: Springer-Verlag, 1988. 334 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 60:108-114. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1984). On Antithetic and Metathetic Words in the Analytic Situation. Psychoanal Q., 53:38-62. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1983). Beyond Interpretation. Toward a Revised Theory for Psychoanalysis: By John E. Gedo, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1979. 280 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 52:271-280. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1983). Some Observations on the Application of Frame Theory to the Psychoanalytic Situation and Process. Psychoanal Q., 52:167-179. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1982). The Therapeutic Experience and its Setting. A Clinical Dialogue: By Robert Langs, M.D. and Leo Stone, M.D. New York and London: Jason Aronson, 1980. 379 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 51:443-447. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1981). Transference, Psychic Reality, and Countertransference. Psychoanal Q., 50:639-664. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1980). Mind and Madness in Ancient Greece. The Classical Roots of Modern Psychiatry: By Bennett Simon, M.D. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1978. 336 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 49:312-317. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1978). Psychoanalysis: Observation, Theory, Application: By Robert Waelder, Ph.D. Edited by Samuel A. Guttman, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1976. 709 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 47:430-436. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1964). Lectures in Dynamic Psychiatry: Edited by Milton Kurian, M.D. and Morton H. Hand, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1963. 137 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 33:589-592. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1984). The Power of Form. A Psychoanalytic Approach to Aesthetic Form: By Gilbert J. Rose. New York: International Universities Press. 1980. Pp. 234. £10.85.. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 11:372-373. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1995). On Trying To Teach: The Mind in Correspondence. : By M. Robert Gardner. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press. 1994. Pp. 163.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 76:1068-1070. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. (1990). The Empathic Imagination: By Alfred Margulies. New York: W. W. Norton. 1989. Pp. 171.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 71:549-553. […]
Mclaughlin, J.T. (1996). Through the Patient's Looking-Glass: Reflections upon the Analyst's Self-Inquiry. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 4(2):205-229. […]
McLaughlin, J.T. Johan, M. (1985). Reanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 33:187-200. […]
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