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basically the pages with many incoming links and few outgoing (i.e. root pages) will rank higher then pages with many outgoing links and few incoming (such as sitemaps for example).
This has NOTHING to do with folder structure (VERY IMPORTANT, THIS POINT). To google the URLs are jsut one long identifying string.
To move PAgeRank about, you have to adjust your linking structure. Those pages with similar PR across the site must have very thouroughly linked pages.
Also remember that it is not always desireable to ahve the same PR on all pages. Some bring in more conversions from visitors (product pages) then others (home/fluff pages).
Don't use frames.
I made several sites for customers who insisted on using frames.
Now they pay the price.
When you would usually say linked pages have PRx-1 they have PRx-2 on these pages, at least for links to framesets. The frameset gets PRx-1 the frames PRx-2.
Not to mention the cases where google delivers 1 frame out of a frameset (say the navbar) in the SERP.
I'm not sure atm how google views subdomains though, because all of my subdomains have PR4 the same as my main site, I dont know wethere this is just co-incidence/good linking or inheritance... But one thing is for sure, you can "PR VOTE" inside your site the same way as you do for external links :)
I have a menu with crawlable links to all the pages. This menu is present on all pages. So every page is linked to each other.