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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 "Rossi, Pier L.":

Rossi, P.L. (2012). Relazione reale: il metodo oppure la tecnica?. Rivista Psicoanal., 58(1):99-115. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2010). L'urgenza nel controtransfert Il presente e il passato. Rivista Psicoanal., 56(2):277-295. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2008). Lo spavento, la guerra e la cultura della paura. Rivista Psicoanal., 54(3):657-672. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2004). L'identificazione in Piera Aulagnier. Rivista Psicoanal., 50(3):855-874. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1997). La vergogna. Rivista Psicoanal., 43(1):99-102. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1996). Neutralità. Rivista Psicoanal., 42(3):389-391. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1994). Attività e passività dell'analista negli inizi difficili di analisi. Rivista Psicoanal., 40(3):411-430. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1990). Pulsione. Rivista Psicoanal., 36(1):127-149. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1990). Instinct. Rivista Psicoanal., 36(1):126-148. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1989). La relazione reale fra l'analista e il suo paziente. Rivista Psicoanal., 35(4):959-977. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1989). The Real Relationship between Analyst and Patient. Rivista Psicoanal., 35(4):958-976. […]
Muscetta, S. Parisi, M. Rossi, P.L. Seganti, A. (1989). Introduzione: Gli affetti nello sviluppo e nel trattamento psicoanalitico. Rivista Psicoanal., 35(4):889-909. […]
Ammaniti, M. Rossi, P.L. (1988). Interview with Daniel Stern. Rivista Psicoanal., 34(1):204-214. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1984). L'interesse di Freud per Lamarck. Rivista Psicoanal., 30(2):249-263. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2011). Urgency in the Countertransference: The Present and the Past. Ital. Psychoanal. Annu., 5:7-22. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2007). Travels around the Wolf Man: A Diary. Ital. Psychoanal. Annu., 1:71-88. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1998). Gli approcci teorico-clinici francesi alla temporalità e la sua costruzione nel processo psicoanalitico: Standing Conference on Psychoanalytical Intracultural and Intercultural Dialogue. I.P.A. Parigi, 27-28-29 luglio 1998. Rivista Psicoanal., 44(3):631-635. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2008). Affetto, trauma, alessitimia. Rivista Psicoanal., 54(1):235-242. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2006). Diario di viaggio intorno all'Uomo dei lupi. Rivista Psicoanal., 52(4):1035-1055. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2004). I due luoghi dell'interpretazione psicoanalitica. Rivista Psicoanal., 50S(Supplement):119-129. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1992). Real Relationship and the Analyst's Behaviour. Rivista Psicoanal., 38(2):490-510. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2013). The Real Relationship: Method or Technique?. Ital. Psychoanal. Annu., 7:117-130. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2008). Alleanza, riconoscimento, sottomissione. Rivista Psicoanal., 54(4):971-979. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2001). Risposta a Franco De Masi. Rivista Psicoanal., 47(1):159-163. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1992). Arnold H. Modell. Psicoanalisi in un nuovo contesto. Cortina, Milan, 1992, 242 pages, 38.000 lire.. Rivista Psicoanal., 38(4):1138-1148. […]
Muscetta, S. Parisi, M. Rossi, P.L. Seganti, A. (1989). The Theory of Affects and the Psychoanalytic Technique : Introduction: The Affects in the Development and in the Psychoanalytic Treatment. Rivista Psicoanal., 35(4):888-908. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1988). Problemi attuali dell'osservazione madre-bambino in America. Rivista Psicoanal., 34(1):195-201. […]
Rossi, P.L. (2000). Vedere e non vedere : Considerazioni sull'autismo e la regola fondamentale. Rivista Psicoanal., 46(4):645-661. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1999). Schwindel: A proposito di una strega, di molte visioni e di qualche fantasma. Rivista Psicoanal., 45(1):107-115. […]
Rossi, P.L. (1992). Relazione reale e comportamento dell'analista (). Rivista Psicoanal., 38(2):491-511. […]
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