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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 114 for your search on ""Blank, H.R."":

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Blank, H.R. (1963). Psychiatry. XXV, 1962: The Interpersonal Relationship in Hypnosis. Rudolph Dreikur. Pp. 219-226.. Psychoanal Q., 32:140. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Play and Adaptation. Eric A. Plaut. Pp. 217-232.. Psychoanal Q., 51:331. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Four Early Stages in the Development of Mother-Infant Interaction. T. Berry Brazelton and Heidelise Als. Pp. 349-369.. Psychoanal Q., 51:332-332. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: The Role of Hearing in Early Ego Organization. Charles B. Terhune. Pp. 371-383.. Psychoanal Q., 51:332. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: The Oral Drive, Clinging, and Equilibrium. Lester H. Friedman. Pp. 329-345.. Psychoanal Q., 51:331. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1964). Impotence and Frigidity: By Donald W. Hastings. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1963. 144 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 33:448. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: A Screen Memory in a Child's Analysis. Marlene Robinson. Pp. 307-327.. Psychoanal Q., 51:331. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: Countertransference and the Psychoanalytic Process in Children and Adolescents. Irwin M. Marcus. Pp. 285-298.. Psychoanal Q., 52:313. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: "The Ordinary Devoted Mother" and Her Blind Baby. Doris M. Wills. Pp. 31-49.. Psychoanal Q., 51:329. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Reconstruction and the Process of Individuation. Phyllis Greenacre. Pp. 121-144.. Psychoanal Q., 51:330. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: From Preadolescent Tomboy to Early Adolescent Girl. An Analysis of Carson McCullers's "The Member of the Wedding." Katherine Dalsimer. Pp. 445-461.. Psychoanal Q., 51:332. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1959). Psychiatry. XXI, 1958: Projective Test Responses of Prisoners of War Following Repatriation. Margaret Thaler Singer and Edgar H. Schein. Pp. 375-385.. Psychoanal Q., 28:572. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Developmental Considerations of Ambivalence. Part 2 of An Exploration of the Relations of Instinctual Drives and the Symbiosis-Separation-Individuation Process. Henri Parens. Pp. 385-420.. Psychoanal Q., 51:332. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: The World of Disguises. Unusual Defenses in a Latency Girl. Laurie Levinson. Pp. 273-306.. Psychoanal Q., 51:331. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1964). Psychiatry. XXVI, 1963: The Psychopathology of Trichotillomania and Trichophagy. John T. Monroe, Jr. and D. Wilfred Abse. Pp. 95-103.. Psychoanal Q., 33:144. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: Children's Dreams Reconsidered. Steven Luria Ablon and John E. Mack. Pp. 179-217.. Psychoanal Q., 52:312. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: To Be Blind in a Sighted World. Dorothy Burlingham. Pp. 5-30.. Psychoanal Q., 51:329. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Hatching in the Human Infant as the Beginning of Separation-Individuation. What It Is and What It Looks Like. Ruth Codier Resch. Pp. 421-441.. Psychoanal Q., 51:332. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Early Speech Development in Blind Children. Doris M. Wills. Pp. 85-117.. Psychoanal Q., 51:329-330. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: The Blind Nursery School Child. Annemarie Curson. Pp. 51-83.. Psychoanal Q., 51:329. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1959). Psychiatry. XXII, 1959: Impressions from the Fourth International Congress of Psychotherapy (Barcelona, September 1-6, 1958). Franz Alexander. Pp. 89-95.. Psychoanal Q., 28:573. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: The Psychoanalytic Theory of Cognitive Development. Pinchas Noy. Pp. 169-216.. Psychoanal Q., 51:330-331. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: Asceticism in Adolescence and Anorexia Nervosa. S. Louis Mogul. Pp. 155-178.. Psychoanal Q., 52:311-312. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: Consciousness of Self and Painful Self-Consciousness. Beulah Kramer Amsterdam and Morton Levitt. Pp. 67-83.. Psychoanal Q., 52:310. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Memory, Reconstruction, and Mourning in the Analysis of a 4-Year-Old Child. Maternal Bereavement in the Second Year of Life. Thomas Lopez and Gilbert W. Kliman. Pp. 235-271.. Psychoanal Q., 51:331. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Persistence of Denial in Fantasy. Anton O. Kris. Pp. 145-154.. Psychoanal Q., 51:330. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1959). Psychiatry. XXI, 1958: Effects of Severe Crippling on the Development of a Group of Children. Ednita P. Bernabeu. Pp. 169-194.. Psychoanal Q., 28:430. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: The Gender of the Analyst: In Relation to Transference and Countertransference Manifestations in Prelatency Children. Phyllis Tyson. Pp. 321-338.. Psychoanal Q., 52:313-314. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: The Psychological Effects of Mutilating Surgery in Children and Adolescents. Elspeth M. Earle. Pp. 527-546.. Psychoanal Q., 51:333. […]
 
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Blank, H.R. (1982). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXIV, 1979: Michelangelo's Early Works. A Psychoanalytic Study in Iconography. Robert S. Liebert. Pp. 463-525.. Psychoanal Q., 51:332-333. […]
 
 
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