Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: Understanding Rank

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

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.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

 
List of Articles


Volume 6 (2005)

Issue 1
Sexuality and Suffering, Or the Eew! Factor  1
Muriel Dimen, Ph.D.
Skimming the Milk, Cajoling the Soul— Embodiment and Obscenity in Sexuality: Commentary on Muriel Dimen's Paper  19
Ruth Stein, Ph.D.
Disgust, Desire, and Fascination— Psychoanalytic, Cultural, Historical, and Neurobiological Perspectives: Commentary on Muriel Dimen's Paper  33
Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D.
Power and Shame: Reply to Mark Blechner and to Ruth Stein  47
Muriel Dimen, Ph.D.
Extreme Beauty  63
Lynne Zeavin, Psy.D
Screen Images and Concepts of Sexual Agency in Science and Social Science  77
Jeannette Marie Mageo, Ph.D. and Linda Stone, Ph.D.
Issue 2
From Provocation and Combustibility Toward Mutuality: Once More with Less Rage, Please  105
Taras Babiak, M.D., FRCPC
The Phallus and the Person: Commentary on Paper by Taras Babiak  135
Stuart A. Pizer, Ph.D., ABPP
Laws, Desires, and Contaminations—Mutuality with a Price: Commentary on Paper by Taras Babiak  145
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
Essential Enactments: Commentary on Paper by Taras Babiak  155
Philip A. Ringstrom, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Distinguishing Between Mastery and Domination: Response to Discussants  165
Taras Babiak, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Donning the Mask of Motherhood: A Defensive Strategy, a Developmental Search  173
Zina Steinberg, ED.D.
Refracted Visions: A Critique of “Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art”  199
Laura S. Levitt, Ph.D.
Issue 3
The Subject of History/The Object of Transference  217
Bruce Reis, Ph.D.
The Middle Men: An Introduction to the Transmasculine Identities  241
Griffin Hansbury, M.A., L.M.S.W.
Transmasculinity and Relation: Commentary on Griffin Hansbury's “Middle Men”  265
Gayle Salamon, Ph.D.
The Ins and Outs of Transmasculine Embodiment: Commentary on Griffin Hansbury's “Middle Men”  277
Debra Roth, L.C.S.W.
Young, Effeminate, and Strange: Early Photographic Portraiture of Truman Capote  293
Jeff Solomon, M.F.A.
Issue 4
Termination or Sonnet LXXV or Lass meine Schmerzen nicht verloren mein or Ambivalence  329
Tony Kushner
In Search of Her Own Language: Eva Hesse Show San Francisco Museum of Modern ARt  345
Jeanne Wolff-Bernstein, Ph.D.
Introduction to Roundtable Discussion of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance by Janet R. Jacobsen and Ann Pellegrini  369
Jennifer L. Kaplan, J.D. and Carolyn Stack, Psy.D.
On the Utopian Politics of Love the Sin: Commentary on Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance by Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pelligrini  377
Donald Moss, Ph.D.
Homosexuals, Heretics, and the Practice of Freedom: Commentary on Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance by Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pelligrini  387
K. Roberts Skerrett, J.D.
The Truth About Sex-Less than Meets the Eye but Less Is More: Commentary on Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance by Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pelligrini  399
David Schwartz, Ph.D.
Love the Sin—Pedagogy, Pupils, and Psychology: Commentary on Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance by Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pelligrini  411
Michael Bronski, Ph.D.
Melancholy Hope and Other Psychic Remainders: Afterthoughts on Love the Sin  423
Ann Pellegrini, Ph.D. and Janet R. Jakobsen, Ph.D.
Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.