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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 15 (2018)

Issue 1
A Note from the Editor-In-Chief  1
Steven Kuchuck
Challenging Relational Psychoanalysis: A Reply to My Critics  2
Jon Mills
Special Section on Politics and Psychoanalysis
Special Section on Politics and Psychoanalysis, Editor’s Introduction  10
Rachel Sopher, LCSW
On Lying and Disillusionment  12
Lynne Layton, Ph.D.
The Social and Political Life of Shame: The U.S. 2016 Presidential Election  25
Mary Watkins, Ph.D.
“I Should Like to Point Out that There is an Air-Raid Going on Outside!”: Psychoanalysis and the Denial of the Analyst’s Trauma  38
Ilene Philipson, PhD, PhD
Psychoanalysis Against Fascism: Fascism, Terrorism, and the Fascist and Terrorist Within  48
Eilon N. Shomron-Atar
The Personal is Political is Psychoanalytic: Politics in the Consulting Room  64
Matt Aibel, LCSW
In the Shadow of Armageddon: Working Analytically After Trump’s Election  102
Eric Sherman, LCSW
Essays on Loss and Development
Introduction: Essays on Loss and Development  112
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
Unstuck in Time  114
Arthur Fox, Ph.D.
Letting Go  117
Susan Klebanoff, Ph.D.
Close to the Edge  122
Heather Ferguson, LCSW
Listening to Loss: On Primary Preoccupations and Inconsolability  127
Margery Kalb, PsyD
Lost and Found, and Letting Go  132
Michael J. Feldman, M.D.
Geneologies: Scotland and Canada  138
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
Family Scenes of Loss: Ghosts, Demons, Strangers and Companions: Afterword to Essays on Loss and Development  142
Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP
Daemons, Ghosts, and Lovers: Afterword to Essays on Loss and Development  148
Richard Brockman, M.D.
Global Perspectives
A Conversation with Dr. Mark Solms  152
Jill Choder-Goldman, LCSW
Book Review
Which Winnicott?  171
Michael D. Clifford
Issue 2
The Legacy of Stephen Mitchell’s Final Work: Can Love Last?
Remembering a Friend and a Teacher: Reflections on Stephen Mitchell’s Can Love Last?: Introduction to Papers by Merav Roth and Dana Amir  181
Lewis Aron, Ph.D.
True Love as the Love of Truth  186
Merav Roth, Ph.D.
The Other as an Object of Conquest Versus the Other as Horizon: A Reading in Stephen Mitchell and Clarice Lispector  199
Dana Amir, Ph.D.
Can Love Live? Afterword to Papers by Merav Roth and Dana Amir  209
Boaz Shalgi, Ph.D.
A Historical Achievement: Remarks from the New York City Publication Launch of the Collected Works of D. W. Winnicott.
Introduction to Discussions from the Launch of the Collected Works of D. W. Winnicott, 12-Volume Set, Edited by Lesley Caldwell and Helen Taylor Robinson  217
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. and Lewis Aron, Ph.D.
Discussions from the New York City Launch of The Collected Works of D. W. Winnicott, 12-Volume Set, Including Welcomes from Lesley Caldwell and Helen Taylor Robinson (Co-Editors of the Collected Works) and Angela Joyce (Chair of the Winnicott Trust); Remarks from Individual Volume Editors Vincenzo Bonaminio, Angela Joyce, and Arne Jemstedt; and an Appreciation for Elisabeth Young-Bruehl by Lesley Caldwell and Helen Taylor Robinson  224
Helen Taylor Robinson, B.A, Lesley Caldwell, Ph.D., Angela Joyce, BA, MSc, Vincenzo Bonaminio, Ph.D. and Arne Jemstedt, M.D.
Book Review
Holding While Being Held: A Review of the Collected Works of D.W. Winnicott, Edited by Lesley Caldwell and Helen Taylor Robinson  250
Alan J. Levy, Ph.D.
Private Lives
Introduction from the Private Lives Editor  255
Clemens Loew, Ph.D.
The English Professor  256
Binnie Klein, LCSW
Issue 3 - In memory of Jeremy Safran 1952-2018
EOV Editorial Board  0
Remembering Jeremy Safran, Ph.D.  263
Andrea Fortunato, Ph.D.
The Analyst’s Subjectivity: On the Impact of Inadvertent, Deliberate, and Silent Disclosure  265
Steven Kuchuck, Dsw
Through Trump’s Looking Glass into Alice’s Wonderland: On Meeting the House Palestinian  275
Lama Z. Khouri, LCSW
Through Trump’s Looking Glass into Alice’s Wonderland: Discussion of Lama Khouri’s paper  300
Adrienne E. Harris, Ph.D.
The Transnational Palestinian Self: Toward Decolonizing Psychoanalytic Thought  307
Stephen Sheehi, Ph.D.
Buried Neck Deep  323
Lama Z. Khouri, LCSW
Rescuing Forgiveness  331
Martin Stephen Frommer, Ph.D.
Death of a Parent: Openings at an Ending  340
Mary-Joan Gerson, PhD, ABPP
Book Review
The Psychodynamics of Neurodiversity: A Review of The Neuropsychodynamic Treatment of Self-Deficits: Searching for Complementarity, by Joseph Palombo  355
Samantha Fuld, DSW, LCSW (NY), LCSW-C (MD)
Creative Literary Arts
Father Nature: Dedicated to Our Fathers Notes from the Creative Literary Arts Editor  360
Bonnie Zindel, LCSW
A Walk with Father Nature  362
Lizzie Wells
His Asleep  364
Tom Hadani Nave
In the Waiting Room  365
Tamar Turner Katz, M.A.
Tonight My Father  366
Anna Halberstadt, MA, LCSW
The Smell of Coffee and Cigarettes  368
Thomas Ogden, M.D.
Fatherhood In and Out of This World  370
Sheldon Itzkowitz, Ph.D.
Father/Bears  371
Alexandra (Zan) Jacobus, LCSW
Cretaive Literary Arts
A Quiet Strength  372
Francoise Jaffe, PhD, LCSW
Stretching Towards the Horizon from a Makeshift Balcony  373
Joyce Block, Ph.D.
My Father  374
Roni Omohundro, M.A.
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