Interpret the OptimalSort cards results

If you want to see a list of the categories individual cards were placed in, this is the place to visit. For each card, you can see the number times it was sorted into unique categories, and a list of the category names.

This table enables you to focus your analysis on individual cards, and to quickly find out the kinds of categories all your participants placed each card.

Read on to find out:

  • what 'unique categorizations' means
  • how your standardized categories will be displayed.

What 'unique categorizations' means

This column tells you the number of times the card was sorted into categories with different words, phrases, or spelling. 

When more than one category uses the same words or phrase (with exactly the same letters and spacing), they're counted automatically as one 'unique categorization', and the number of categories included is displayed next to it.

For example, if your ten participants have placed Card X into categories with completely different labels, the 'unique categorization' number will be ten. But if one participant placed Card X into the category 'Finances' and another placed it in the category 'finances', this will count as one 'unique categorization'. The number in the column will be nine, and the category 'Finances' will have (2) next to it. 

How your standardized categories will be displayed

It's a good idea to standardize your categories before exploring the cards table in more depth, because it will reduce the number of unique categories and make your analysis simpler. If you do this, this table will treat the categories you've merged as one unique categorization. 

Read more about how to standardize your categories.