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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 (2019)

Issue 1 - Psychoanalysis, Ethics and History
Introduction
Overcoming Ambivalence: Psychoanalysis and the Humanities  1
Roger Frie, Ph.D., Psy.D., R.Psych.
Original Article
Emmanuel Levinas and the “specter of masochism”: A Cross-Disciplinary Confusion of Tongues  3
Simone Drichel, Ph.D.
Discussion
Inversions: Simone Drichel on the Two Emmanuels  23
DONNA Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Emmanuel Levinas on Surrender and Self-Sacrifice: A Response to Simone Drichel  29
Robert Bernasconi, , D.Phil.
Refusals of Responsibility: A Response to Donna Orange and Robert Bernasconi  36
Simone Drichel, Ph.D.
Psychoanalysis, Experiential History, and Empathy  53
Roger Frie, Ph.D., Psy.D., R.Psych.
Dialogue
Psychoanalysis and History in Conversation: A Dialogue with Thomas Kohut  62
Roger Frie, Ph.D., Psy.D., R.Psych., and Thomas Kohut, Ph.D.
Book Review
The Lab, the Lecture Hall, and the Art Gallery: Warren Poland’s World: A Review of Intimacy and Separateness in Psychoanalysis by Warren S. Poland  86
Donna Orange, , Ph.D., Psy.D.
Issue 2
Introduction
INTRODUCTION  91
Elizabeth A. Corpt, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. and Annette Richard, M.Ps.
Article
We are all Located Somewhere: Thoughts on History, Trauma, and the Psychoanalytic process  93
Maxwell S. Sucharov, M.D.
Discussion
History Within Us: Discussion of Sucharov’s “We Are All Located Somewhere”  104
Janna Sandmeyer, Ph.D.
Response
Response to Sandmeyer  111
Maxwell S. Sucharov, M.D.
In Defense of Illusion: Creative Agency, or the Imagination, in the Tolerance of Existential Anxiety and Grief  116
Peter N. Maduro, , J.D., Psy.D., Psy.D.
Commentary
An Imaginative Turn in Psychoanalysis: Commentary on Peter Maduro’s “In Defense of Illusion: Creative Agency, or the Imagination, in the Tolerance of Existential Anxiety and Grief”  137
William J. Coburn, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Thinking About Time: Future Vision in Imagination and Analytic Process  146
Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D., Psy.D., and Amy Eldridge, Ph.D.
Storylines  161
Daniel Goldin, , M.F.T., Psy.D.
Welcoming Siblings to Self Psychology: Exploring Vertical and Lateral Selfobjects  178
Claire Hart, , M.A.
Conundrums and Complexities: Treating the Dying Analyst  195
Brenda Solomon, M.D.
Self-Regulation and Compulsive Sexual Behavior  205
Jennifer M. Struck, Psy.D. and Peter Buirski, Ph.D, ABPP
Review
BROKEN LIVES IN OFF-THE-GRID AMERICA: A REVIEW OF EDUCATED BY TARA WESTOVER AND LEAVE NO TRACE, DIRECTED BY DEBRA GRANIK  220
Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Review of “Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice” by Galit Atlas and Lewis Aron  224
Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Issue 3
Introduction
Introduction to Chicago Issue  231
by Joye Weisel-Barth, , Ph.D., Psy.D.
Original Article
BUILDING SHELTER IN A CHAOTIC WORLD: THE ROLE OF EMPATHIC IMAGINATION IN RECOVERY FROM TRAUMA  232
Sally A., Howard, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Discussion
DEMYSTIFYING THE AMAZING: A DISCUSSION OF SALLY HOWARD’S “BUILDING SHELTER IN A CHAOTIC WORLD: THE ROLE OF EMPATHIC IMAGINATION IN RECOVERY FROM TRAUMA”  239
Denise R. Davis, L.C.S.W.
MUTUAL EMPATHY: IMAGINED SYMBOL AND REALIZATION IN THE TREATMENT OF TRAUMA  247
Sarah H. Pillsbury, Ph.D.
THE SQUARE AND THE CROSS: DISCUSSION OF “MUTUAL EMPATHY: IMAGINED SYMBOL AND REALIZATION IN THE TREATMENT OF TRAUMA” BY SARAH PILLSBURY  256
Doris Brothers, Ph.D.
Once Begun Is Half Done  259
Karen Martin, M.A., L.C.S.W.
DANCING IN PARADISE: A PAS DE DEUX IN TWO PARTS DISCUSSION OF KAREN MARTIN’S “ONCE BEGUN IS HALF DONE”  267
Maxwell Sucharov, , M.D.
IN THE NICK OF TIME: MOTHERHOOD AND THE ANALYTIC PAIR  272
Kathy Marks, Psy.D., MFT
BEARING AND TRANSFORMING SHAME—THOUGHTS ON MATERNAL ETHICS: A DISCUSSION OF KATHY MARKS’ “IN THE NICK OF TIME: MOTHERHOOD AND THE ANALYTIC PAIR”  285
Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC
SELF PSYCHOLOGY–INFORMED FAMILY THERAPY: INCREASING SELFOBJECT EXPERIENCE BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS—AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF PSYCHOANALYTIC TREATMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS  292
Carla Leone, Ph.D.
EXPANDING THE EMPATHIC GRASP IN THE TREATMENT OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA: ADDING A NEUROSCIENCE PERSPECTIVE  306
Judith Rustin, L.C.S.W. and Heather Ferguson, L.C.S.W.
RESPONSE TO JUDITH RUSTIN AND HEATHER FERGUSON’S “EXTENDING THE EMPATHIC GRASP IN THE TREATMENT OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA: ADDING A NEUROSCIENCE PERSPECTIVE”  317
William D. Gieseke, Ph.D.
A UNIVERSE BETWEEN MY HAT AND BOOTS: WHITMAN’S SELF AS A MODEL FOR EMPATHIC CONNECTION  323
David Shaddock, Ph.D., M.F.T.
DISCUSSION OF DAVID SHADDOCK’S “A UNIVERSE BETWEEN MY HAT AND BOOTS: WHITMAN’S SELF AS A MODEL FOR EMPATHIC CONNECTION”  334
George H. Northrup, Ph.D.
Review
“ME TOO” AT THE MOVIES: THE WIFE AND COLETTE  343
Marcia Steinberg, L.C.S.W., Psy.D. and Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D., Psy.D.
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