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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 31 - 60 of 315 for your search on ""Wilson, E., Jr."":

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1997). Revue Française de Psychanalyse. LVIII, 1994. Path and Pathways … or “I, You, He, She.” Josseline Chemelny. Pp. 219-230.. Psychoanal Q., 66:741. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1994). Psyche. Zeitschrift Für Psychoanalyse Und Ihre Anwendungen. XL, 1986: The Demise of an Institution. Mario Erdheim. Pp. 1092-1104.. Psychoanal Q., 63:403. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1993). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIX, 1985: The Analyst's Memory. Ilse Barande. Pp. 971-977.. Psychoanal Q., 62:173. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1991). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVIII, 1984: The Metapsychological Situation of the Theory of Aggression in French Psychoanalysis. Ann Clancier; Sylvie Faure; George Pragier. Pp. 917-935.. Psychoanal Q., 60:171. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1988). Psyche. XXXIX, 1985: On the Convergence of Linguistic and Psychoanalytic Textual Analyses. Jutta Butwinski-Jeggle; Gerd Lenga; Wolfgang Loch. Pp. 23-43. Psychoanal Q., 57:276. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Psyche. XXXVIII, 1984: Where Language Does Not Reach. Hans Keilson. Pp. 915-926.. Psychoanal Q., 56:602. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1985). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981: Irreducible Strangeness. Christian David. Pp. 463-471.. Psychoanal Q., 54:679. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1984). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979: Music and the Game of the Bobbin. On the Economic Point of View of Sublimation. André Brousselle. Pp. 943-970.. Psychoanal Q., 53:638. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1981). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XL, 1976: Concerning Some Conditions for the Appearance of Language. An Illustration. Raymond Cahn. Pp. 659-666.. Psychoanal Q., 50:300. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1981). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XL, 1976: Concerning Countertransference. C.-J. Parat. Pp. 545-560.. Psychoanal Q., 50:299-299. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1981). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XL, 1976: A Study of the Psychoanalytic Signifier in Freud's Case Histories. Nicos Nicolaïdis and François Corun. Pp. 325-350.. Psychoanal Q., 50:297. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1985). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981: "I Don't Want to Be Someone Else." The Uncanny in the Child. Paul Denis. Pp. 501-511.. Psychoanal Q., 54:680. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Psyche. XXXVIII, 1984: Fear of Dying, and Destructiveness. Horst-Eberhard Richter. Pp. 1105-1123.. Psychoanal Q., 56:604. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1985). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981: The Uncanny. Denise Colin-Rothbert. Pp. 559-567.. Psychoanal Q., 54:681. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1992). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVII, 1984: Freud and Collective Formations. Reflections on the Object-Group and Technical Consequences. Claude Pigott. Pp. 1435-1443.. Psychoanal Q., 61:146. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1989). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVII, 1983: A Singular History. André and Odile Bourguignon. Pp. 1259-1279.. Psychoanal Q., 58:327. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Psyche. XXXVIII, 1984: Transvestite Symptom Formation. A Clinical Contribution Concerning the Etiology, Dynamics, and Analyzability of Transvestite Patients. Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber. Pp. 817-845.. Psychoanal Q., 56:601. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychoanalyse. XLVI, 1982: The following papers deal with an important topic in French psychoanalysis: l'après-coup. There is no adequate translation for this French term, although in ordinary discourse it usually means something like "afterwards" or "after the fact." Strachey used "deferred action." Both are attempts to translate Freud's term Nachträglichkeit.. Psychoanal Q., 56:590. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1985). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981: The Arpeggios of the White Lady, or the Cantata of the Incomplete Narcissus. Paulette Wilgowicz. Pp. 535-558.. Psychoanal Q., 54:681-681. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1982). Revue Française De Psychoanalyse. XLI, 1977: A Story To Put One to Sleep. Anne Clancier. Pp. 663-667.. Psychoanal Q., 51:162-163. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1982). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLI, 1977: Psychoanalytic Essay on Orgastic Activity. Jean bergeret. Pp. 587-609.. Psychoanal Q., 51:161. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1982). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLI, 1977: Orgasm and the Descent into the Underworld. Simone Bécache. Pp. 577-585.. Psychoanal Q., 51:161. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1982). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLI, 1977: Art and Syndrome. Francis Pasche. Pp. 465-480.. Psychoanal Q., 51:160. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1978). Revue Française De Psychoanalyse. XXXVIII, 1974: Psychoanalysis: Mysticism or Science? Roland Jaccard. Pp. 665-668.. Psychoanal Q., 47:325. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1975). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XXXVII, 1973: Femininity as Conceptualized by Celibates, Freud and Jones. Alain de Mijolla. Pp. 195-224.. Psychoanal Q., 44:319-320. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (2002). Revue Française De Psychanalyse: Seeing Me, Hearing Me, Imagining Me. Colette Combe (pp. 445-454).. Psychoanal Q., 71(2):390. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1982). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLII, 1978: Epilepsy and Hysteria. Jean Losserand. Pp. 411-438.. Psychoanal Q., 51:669-670. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1985). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981: Unconscious Symbolism and the Symbolism of Language. Alain Gibeault. Pp. 139-158.. Psychoanal Q., 54:674. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1985). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIV. 1980: A Little Note on the Crisis of Adolescence. From Disappointment to Conquest. Evelyne Kestemberg. Pp. 522-530.. Psychoanal Q., 54:327-328. […]
 
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Wilson, E., Jr. (1981). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XL, 1976: The Cathexis of Meaning. Michèlle Perron-Borelli. Pp. 681-692.. Psychoanal Q., 50:301. […]
 
 
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