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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 2 (1933)

The Psychoanalysis of Pharmacothymia (Drug Addiction)  1
Sándor Radó
The Body as Phallus  24
Bertram D. Lewin
Anxiety without Affect  48
Gregory Zilboorg
Pregenital Anxiety in a Passive Feminine Character  68
Ives Hendrick
Outline of Clinical Psychoanalysis  94
Otto Fenichel
Clinical Communications Turning Points in the Analysis of a Case of Alcoholism  123
George E. Daniels
Neue Folge Der Vorlesungen Zur Einführung in Die Psychoanalyse: (New Series of Lectures on The Introduction to Psychoanalysis). By. Sigm. Freud. Wien: Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag, 1933. 254 p.  131
A. A. Brill
Lecture XXXII: Angst Und Triebleben (Anxiety and Instinct).  135
D. F.
Die Psychoanalyse Des Kindes: By Melanie Klein. Vienna: Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag, 1932. 324 p.  141
Franz Alexander
Introduction to Psychoanalysis for Teachers: By Anna Freud. Translated by Barbara Low. London: Allen & Unwin, 1931. 117 p.  152
G. Z.
The Meaning of Sacrifice: By R. Money-Kyrle. London: The Hogarth Press (International Psycho-Analytical Press), 1930. 273 p.  154
Henry A. Bunker, Jr.
L'Échec De Baudelaire, Étude Psychanalytique: By René Laforgue. Paris: Denoël et Steele. 1931. 239 p.  157
G. Z.
Behaviour Aspects of Child Conduct: By Esther Loring Richards, B.A., M.D., D.Sc. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Physician-in-Charge of Dispensary, Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital. With a foreword by Adolf Meyer. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1932. 299 p.  159
Marie H. Briehl
Habits: Their Making and Unmaking: By Knight Dunlap. New York: Liveright, Inc., 1932. 326 p.  162
David Wechsler
Accidents, Neuroses and Compensation: By James H. Huddleson. Baltimore: The Williams and Wilkins Company, 1932. 256 p.  164
Raymond Gosselin
The Mind at Mischief: By William S. Sadler. New York and London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1929. xv+400 p.  166
Henry A. Bunker, Jr.
Outwitting our Nerves: By Josephine Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury. Second Edition, Enlarged and Revised. New York: The Century Company, 1932. 420 p.  169
Ives Hendrick
The Thinking Machine: By C. Judson Herrick. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1932, Second Edition. 366 p.  170
Carl Binger
The Story of Medicine: By Victor Robinson, M. D. New York: A. and C. Boni. 1932. 527 p.  173
Henry A. Bunker, Jr.
Behind the Door of Delusion: By "Inmate—Ward 8." New York: The MacMillan Company, 1932. 325 p.  174
M. Ralph Kaufman
Current Psychoanalytic Literature  176
Notes  179
Notes  179
Notes  179
Notes  179
Notes  180
The Relation of Structural and Instinctual Conflicts  181
Franz Alexander
The Psychoanalytic Theory of Play  208
Robert Wälder
Studies in Pathogenesis: Biological and Psychological Aspects  225
Felix Deutsch
The Dynamics of Stammering  244
Isador H. Coriat
Outline of Clinical Psychoanalysis  260
Otto Fenichel
Clinical Communications—A Recovery from the Fear of Blushing  309
Edoardo Weiss
The Psychology of Taking Prasad  315
Sarasi Lal Sarkar
Address—Glimpses of a Freudian Odyssey  318
Smith Ely Jelliffe
The Interpretation of Dreams: By Sigmund Freud. Authorized Translation by A. A. Brill. New Edition Completely Revised. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1933. 600 p.  330
The Nature of Human Conflicts: An Objective Study of Disorganization and Control of Human Behavior: By A. R. Luria. Translated and edited by W. Horsley Gantt. New York: Liveright, Inc., 1932. 431 p.  330
Lawrence S. Kubie
Elementi Di Psicoanalisi: By Edoardo Weiss. With a preface by Sigmund Freud. Second Edition. Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1932. 242 p.  336
B. D. L.
Set the Children Free: By Fritz Wittels. Translated from the revised fourth German Edition by Eden and Cedar Paul. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1933. 242 p.  337
George J. Mohr
Our Neurotic Age: A Consultation: Edited by Samuel D. Schmalhausen. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1932. 531 p.  338
F. E. W.
Sorcerers of Dobu: New York: E. P. Dutton, 1932. xii+318 p.  339
Géza Róheim
An Elementary Psychology of the Abnormal: By W. B. Pillsbury. New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1932. 375 p.  340
Lawrence S. Kubie
An Introduction to Analytical Psychotherapy: By T. A. Ross, M.D. New York: Longmans Green, 1932. 203 p.  341
Karl A. Menninger
Psychiatry in Education: By V. V. Anderson, M.D., M.A. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1932. 430 p.  343
Marie H. Briehl
The Foundations of Abnormal Psychology: By Fred A. Moss, Ph.D., M.D., and Thelma Hunt, Ph.D. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1932. 548 p.  346
Lawrence S. Kubie
The Physical Dimensions of Consciousness: By Edwin G. Boring. New York: The Century Co., 1933. ix+251 p.  347
David Wechsler
Our Children: A Handbook for Parents: Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Sidonie Matsner Gruenberg, Editors. Prepared and Sponsored by The Child Study Association of America. New York: The Viking Press, 1932. 348 p.  349
Marie H. Briehl
Current Psychoanalytic Literature  353
In Memoriam—Sándor Ferenczi, M.D. 1873-1933  356
Sándor Radó
Notes  359
Notes  359
Notes  359
Notes  360
Errata  360
Thalassa: A Theory of Genitality  361
Sándor Ferenczi
Ontogenesis  365
The Delay of the Machine Age  404
Hanns Sachs
Fear of Castration in Women  425
Sandor Rado
Motherhood and Sexuality  476
Helene Deutsch
Problems of Femininity  489
Jeanne Lampl-De Groot
On the Origin of the "Influencing Machine" in Schizophrenia  519
Victor Tausk
Bodily Mutilation and Learning to Eat  557
Lillian Malcove
Outline of Clinical Psychoanalysis  562
Otto Fenichel
A Note on Falstaff  592
Franz Alexander
Warum Krieg? Ein Briefwechsel (Is War Necessary? an Exchange of Letters): By Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Paris: Internationales Institut für geistige Zusammenarbeit, 1933. 62 p.  607
Bettina Warburg
Observations on the Nature, Causes, and Cure of Those Disorders which have been Commonly Called Nervous, Hypochondriac, or Hysteric, to which are Prefixed Some Remarks on the Sympathy of the Nerves: By Robert Whytt, M.D.F.R.S., Physician to His Majesty, President of the Royal College of Physicians, and Professor of Medicine in the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Printed for T. Becket, and P. DuHondt, London, and J. Balfour, Edinburgh. 1765. viii + 520 p.  615
B. D. L.
Forty Years of Psychiatry: By William A. White. New York and Washington: Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing Company, 1933. 154 p.  619
Karl A. Menninger
Crimes and Criminals: By William A. White. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1933. 275 p.  620
Martin W. Peck
Psychopathology of Forced Movements in Oculogyric Crises: By Smith Ely Jelliffe. New York and Washington: Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing Co., 1932. 215 p.  622
Lawrence S. Kubie
Where is Science Going: By Max Planck. With a Prologue by Albert Einstein. Translation and biographical note by James Murphy. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1932. 220 p.  626
Markus Reiner
History, Psychology and Culture: By Alexander Goldenweiser. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1933. xii + 475 p.  630
A. Kardiner
Social Anthropology: By Paul Radin. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1932. xii+432 p.  637
Henry Alden Bunker, Jr.
Correction of Defective Speech: By Edwin Burket Twitmyer, Ph.D., and Yale Samuel Nathanson, Ph.D. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son and Co., 1932. xv+413 p.  639
Isador H. Coriat
Child Psychology: By Buford J. Johnson. Baltimore, Maryland: Charles C. Thomas, 1932. 439 P.  641
George J. Mohr
The Ape and the Child: By W. N. Kellogg and L. A. Kellogg. New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1933. 341 p.  643
Raymond Gosselin
The Energies of Man: By Wm. McDougall. New York: Scribners, 1933. xii+395 p.  645
David Wechsler
Current Psychoanalytic Literature  647
Notes  651
Notes  651
Notes  651
Notes  652
Notes  652
Notes  653
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