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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 - 27 of 27 for your search on "didier anzieu":

Anzieu, D. (1952). Le témoignage et sa valeur au point de vue judiciaire, par Michel Cenac, (Congrès de Médecins aliénistes et neurologistes de France et des Pays de langue française, 1951).. Rev. fr. psychanal., 16(3):447-451. […]
Anzieu, D. (1968). Comment on Dr Brenner's Paper. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 49:429-430. […]
Anzieu, D. (1970). ÉLÉMENTS D'UNE THÉORIE DE L'INTERPRÉTATION. Rev. fr. psychanal., 34(5-6):755-884. […]
Anzieu, D. (1974). A Discussion of the Paper by Gisela Pankow on 'The Body Image in Psychosis'. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 55:415-416. […]
Anzieu, D. (1975). LA PSYCHANALYSE ENCORE. Rev. fr. psychanal., 39(1-2):135-146. […]
Anzieu, D. (1976). LES ESQUIMAUX ET LES SONGES. Rev. fr. psychanal., 40(1):59-64. […]
Anzieu, D. (1976). Naissance Du Psychanalyste. De Mesmer À Freud. By L. Chertok and R. de Saussure. Paris: Payot. Coll. Sciences de l'Homme. 1973. Pp. 270.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 57:496-499. […]
Anzieu, D. (1979). The Sound Image of the Self. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 6:23-36. […]
Anzieu, D. (1981). QUELQUES PRÉCURSEURS DU MOI-PEAU CHEZ FREUD. Rev. fr. psychanal., 45(5):1163-1185. […]
Anzieu, D. (1984). AU FOND DU SOI, LE TOUCHER. Rev. fr. psychanal., 48(6):1385-1398. […]
Anzieu, D. (1986). Der Einfluß der Kultur des deutschen Sprachraums auf Freuds Denken. Jahrb. Psychoanal., 19:15-35. […]
Anzieu, D. (1986). Freud's Self-Analysis: Translated from the French by Peter Graham. With a Preface by M. Masud R. Khan. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 118:1-596. London: The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis. […]
Anzieu, D. (1986). Paradoxical Transference—From Paradoxical Communication to Negative Therapeutic Reaction. Contemp. Psychoanal., 22:520-547. […]
Anzieu, D. (1986). The Place of Germanic Language and Culture in Freud's Discovery of Psychoanalysis Between 1895 and 1900. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 67:219-226. […]
Anzieu, D. (1987). Über Ichveränderungen, die Analysen unendlich machen. Jahrb. Psychoanal., 20:9-30. […]
Anzieu, D. (1987). Oeuvres: 6 Volumes By Daniel Lagache. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. 1977–1986.. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 14:423-425. […]
Anzieu, D. (1987). Some Alterations of the Ego which Make Analyses Interminable. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 68:9-19. […]
Anzieu, D. (1989). Beckett and Bion. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 16:163-169. […]
Anzieu, D. (1989). Beckett et Bion. Rev. fr. psychanal., 53(5):1405-1415. […]
Anzieu, D. (1989). Note pour introduire l'échelle des symbolisations. Rev. fr. psychanal., 53(6):1775-1778. […]
Anzieu, D. (1990). Lettre aux rapporteurs. Rev. fr. psychanal., 54(6):1591-1592. […]
Anzieu, D. (1991). Le prince et ses sujets. Rev. fr. psychanal., 55(6):1627-1630. […]
Anzieu, D. (1992). Beckett : auto-analyse et créativité. Rev. fr. psychanal., 56(2):357-370. […]
Anzieu, D. (1993). Autistic Phenomena and the Skin Ego. Psychoanal. Inq., 13(1):42-48. […]
Anzieu, D. (2000). Vues nouvelles sur l'auto-analyse de Freud et la découverte de la psychanalyse (Vienne, 23 juillet 1988). Rev. fr. psychanal., 64(4):1201-1216. […]
Anzieu, D. Enriquez, E. (1999). La rencontre du groupe. Rev. fr. psychanal., 63(3):737-749. […]
Pasche, F. Anzieu, D. Dalibard, Y. (1973). NOTES SUR L'IDÉAL DU MOI. Rev. fr. psychanal., 37(5-6):1019-1030. […]
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