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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 14 (2005)

Issue 1
Editorial  1
Christer Sjödin
Community Analysis: A Case Study Examining Transference and Countertransference in Community Intervention  5
Mark B. Borg, Jr.
Beyond Community Analysis: A Response to Dr Borg  16
Mario Rendon
Community Practice on (and off) the Couch. Response to Commentary by Dr Mario Rendon  18
Mark B. Borg, Jr.
From the Perverse Pact to Universal Conflicts  21
Edelyn Schweidson
Psychoanalytic Identity and the External World: Interaction Between Psychoanalysis and Health Service Systems in Sweden  28
Christer Sjödin
Transference and Relationship: Technical Implications in the Psychoanalytic Process with a Borderline Patient  36
Nora A. Hinojosa Ayala
“Psychoanalysis and the Third Reich,” Special Issue 2-3, Int. Forum Psychoanal. 2003; 12: 85-178. Edited by Zvi Lothane  45
Geoffrey Cocks
Was Freud Afraid of Flying? Risto Fried Freud on the Acropolis - A Detective Story. Therapeia Foundation, 2003  49
Carlo Bonomi
Report on the XIII IFPS Forum in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, August 24-28 2004  54
Marco Conci
Risto Fried in Memoriam  63
Kaj J. Davidkin
Issue 2
Editorial  65
Christer Sjödin
The Mental Pain of the Psychoanalyst: A Personal View  69
Manuela Fleming
“The Primary Process” The Vicissitude of a Concept  76
Yoav Yigael
Freud and Narcissism: Developing Links for Inclusion of the ‘Object’  86
Manasi Kumar
The Idea of Man in Psychoanalysis: Creator of His Own Life or Subject to the Dark Instinctual Side of Human Nature?  94
Hans-Jürgen Wirth
Psychosynthesis of the Brain and Mind: Comments on a New Intellectual Framework in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy  108
Heikki Majava
Projective Identification, Containment and Sojourn in the Psyche: Clinical Notes on a Specific Type of Transference-Countertransference Interaction  116
Grigoris Vaslamatzis
Religious and National Radicalism in Middle-Eastern countries: A Psychoanalytical Point of View  120
Eldar Hasanov
Psychoanalyse und Ethnologie: Reichmayr J, Wagner U, Ouederrou C, Pletzer B. Psychoanalyse und Ethnologie. Biographisches Lexicon der psychoanalytischen Ethnologie, Ethnopsychoanalyse und interkulturellen psychoanalytischen Therapie. 2003 Psychosozial-Verlag, Giessen.  123
Jan Stensson
Issue 3/4
Perversion—Drive, Object and Jouissance  134
Carlos Antônio Andrade Mello, Maria Lúcia De Salvo Coimbra, Maria Luiza Arrojado Lisboa, Maria Luisa Duarte Vilela and Stella Maris Anchieta
Perversion - Structure or Organization?  138
Andréa Lucena De Souza Pires, Angela Lucena De Souza Pires, Clovis Figueiredo Sette Bicalho, Eliana Monteiro De Moura Vergara, Maria Carolina Bellico Fonseca and Nadja Ribeiro Laender
Condemnation, Disavowal, Division  144
Wagner Siqueira Bernardes
Summum Jus, Summa Injuria  148
Sandra Seara Kruel, Osmar Brina Correa, Messias Eustaquio Chaves, Bernardo Lucio Oliveira, Miriam Caiafa Farias and Servulo Augusto Pacheco
Trauma, Perversion and Marital Bond  153
José Tiago Dos Reis Filho, Leila Marquez Lopes De Oliveira, Nina Rosa Artuzo Sanches, Paulo Roberto Ceccarelli, Rodrigo Mendes Ferreira, Rosa Maria Gouvêa Abras and Silvia Regina Gomes Foscarini
Perversion and Infancy and Adolescence  158
Vanessa Campos Santoro, Juliana Marques Caldeira Borges, Margarida Maria Gontijo De Brito Soares, Maria De Lourdes Elias Pinheiro, Marlene Buzinari, Selma Gonçalves Mendes and Sônia Guedes Galvão
Creativity, Perversion and the Violations of Expectations  162
Frank M. Lachmann
Perversion from the Medical-Legal Perspective  166
Karla Cristhina Alves and Silas Prado De Sousa
Perversion: A Clinical Possibility  169
Alberto Henrique Azeredo Coutinho, Ana Cristina Teixeira Da Costa Salles, Berenicy Raelmy Silva, Eliana Delfino, Eliane Mussel Da Silva, Geraldo De Morais, Marília Brandão Lemos and Suzanne Beaudette Drummond
Perversion on the Other Side of the Couch  176
Paulo Ceccarelli
The Role of Childhood Sexual Seduction in the Development of an Erotic Transference: Perversion in the Psychoanalytic Situation.  183
Arnold WM. Rachman, Robert Kennedy and Margaret Yard
On Perverse Thinking: A Case Vignette  188
Michael Ermann
A Syndrome of Errant Sexuality—and the Self  193
Axel Triebel
Bad Breath: The Perversion of Breath  201
Miriam Elza Gorender
Discontent in the Era of Consumption: “I Enjoy, Therefore I Exist”  206
Ana Boczar, Bárbara Goecking Ferreira, Cristiana Pereira Moura, Danielle Lopes Vianna Costa, Elga Rosalva Silva, Geralda Barroso França Costa, Marilia Madureira Lucas, Olímpia Helena Costa Couto, Rita Terezinha Dos Santos Oliveira and Yvonne Louise Coulaud Coelho Da Rocha Muzzi
Advertising, Perversions, Neurosis  210
Maria Rita Kehl
The Postmodern Re-codification of Perversion: On the Production of Consumer Behavior and its Libidinal Grammar  217
Nelson Da Silva, Jr and Daniel Rodrigues Lírio
Gay Musicians in Turkey  224
Farhad Shidfar
Horus Vital Brazil (1926-2005)  227
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