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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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List of Articles


Volume 7 (2013)

Issue 1
Editorial
Early Years Intervention—Perinatal Support: Andrea Leadsom's Speech in UK Houses of Parliament, 7th November 2012  vii
 
Articles
All Words Make a Life Sentence: Attachment and Narratives in Forensic Psychotherapy  1
Gwen Adshead
When the Victim Forgets: Trauma-Induced Amnesia and its Assessment in Holocaust Survivors  20
Onno van der Hart and Danny Brom
Postscript: “When the Victim Forgets: Trauma-Induced Amnesia and its Assessment in Holocaust Survivors”  40
Onno van der Hart and Danny Brom
Shades of Sex  48
Emma Starck
Antigone Revisited: Greek Mythology through An Attachment Lens: (Or What Did the Ancient Greeks ever do for us?)  64
Kate Brown
Poetry
In Montparnasse Cemetery with David  84
Valerie Sinason
Cul de Sac  87
Benedict Newbery
The Habit of Light  88
Gillian Clarke
Mandibles  88
Abi Curtis
Still Being Hurt: The Vicious Cycle of Dissociative Disorders, Attachment, and Ongoing Abuse  90
Adah Sachs
Disorganised and in Care: Working in the Here and Now with Children in Care Who Display Disorganised Patterns of Attachment  101
Cathie O'Brien
Television Film Review
Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History of Britain by Ian Hislop, BBC2, 2nd, 9th, and 16th October 2012  111
Simon Partridge
List of Contributors  120
 
Issue 2
Editorial
Emerging Narratives of Historic Abuse: Is This a Watershed Moment?  vii
Sue Richardson
The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome—Thirty Years On: An Introduction to the Republication of Professor Roland Summit's Article from 1983  xi
Kate White
Articles
The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome  125
Roland C. Summit
Fear Free Exploratory Care-giving: A Challenge for Therapists in the Present Social, Political, and Cultural Environment  148
Una McCluskey
Hidden Trauma within the Care-Giver Relationship: An Account of Clinical Work with a Client Labelled as Having a “Borderline Personality Disorder”  168
Catherine Mitson
Poetry
The Life and Death of a Heap  182
Kate Evans
Cold  183
Mona Villarrubia
The Night Workers  184
Helen Dunmore
Migration  185
Karen Izod
Early Boarding: Rich Children in Care, Their Adaptation to Loss of Attachment  186
Anne Power
Boarding School Syndrome: Disguised Attachment-Deficit and Dissociation Reinforced by Institutional Neglect and Abuse  202
Simon Partridge
Webinar Review
Neuroplasticity isn't Just About the Brain …: Review of a Webinar by Pat Ogden on 20th February 2013.  214
Gülcan Sutton Purser
Film Reviews
Nostalgia for the Light, Director Patricio Guzman (2010)  218
Orit Badouk Epstein
Martha Marcy May Marlene, Director Sean Durkin (2011)  219
Orit Badouk Epstein
List of Contributors  225
 
Issue 3
Editorial
A Tribute to Joyce Robertson  vii
Kate White
Obituary
Joyce Robertson 27th March 1919-12th April 2013: Writer and Researcher Who Studied the Effect on Children of Separation from Their Parents, Particularly in Hospitals  xi
Mary Lindsay
Articles
Masochism: A Bridge to the other Side of Abuse (Revised)  231
Elizabeth F. Howell, Ph.D.
Healing Childhood Trauma: Connecting with Present Experience and Body-based Insights  243
Angela King
How Death Reverberates in US: The Firing up of Attachment Narratives in a Palliative Care Setting  259
Simon Parrett
Poetry
Stormy Soul, Stormy Weather  271
Emma Dickenson
Demons  272
Tara Sutton
I Do (Not) Miss You  273
Ella McRae
To My Father  274
Alison Guinane
Facing Emotional Pain—a Model for Working with People with Intellectual Disabilities and Trauma  276
Pat Frankish, Ph.D.
What Happened to Vanisha?  283
Hazel Leventhal
Mind Control in the German Democratic Republic  287
Irina Vogt
Book Reviews
Pieces of Molly: An Ordinary Life (2012) by Judith Gurney, published by Matador  298
Jenny Wootton
Empathy: What is it and why it matters (2013) by David Howe, published by Palgrave Macmillan  303
Gulcan Sutton Purser
Updating Midlife (2013) edited by Guillermo Julio Montero, Alicia Mirta Ciancio de Montero, and Liliana Singman de Vogelfanger, published by Palgrave MacmillanDevelopment Through Adulthood: An Integrative Sourcebook (2013) by Oliver Robinson, published by Karnac  307
Caroline Adewole
Understanding Adult Attachment in Family Relationships: Research, Assessment and Intervention (2012) by Antonia Bifulco and Geraldine Thomas, published by Routledge  310
Chris Purnell
Film Review
The Master, Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012  312
Orit Badouk Epstein
Conference Review
Relations between Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Implications for Treatment and Conceptualization 25-26 April 2013, Helsinki, organised by Trauma Centre, Finland  314
Orit Badouk Epstein
Summaries and Keywords  317
 
List of Contributors  320
 
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