I completely fucked up. (And I was getting so excited too…)
Ordinal numbers are not useful for determining statistical significance.
I have the actual quantitative data but now it all feels like a waste of time.
1) “Check your premises.”
It’s easy to get lost in the need to quantify extraordinarily subjective things. I had a friend once try to quantify just about every part of his life in Excel. It was hard to get him to consider that sometimes quantifying something doesn’t add to its value.
When I “gave up” it also hit me that a) there wasn’t enough data, b) the tests may be highly flawed in the first place, c) I was thinking too hard… and many other things. Perhaps it is just the workings of confirmation bias, but taking a step back from crunching numbers made the answer so much clearer. I’m fairly sure I’ve figured out the cognitive functions which is more helpful than what a test can spit out anyway. Since then, I’ve started typing my friends (didn’t take long) and coming to accept my conclusion about myself. In any case the whole matter feels settled to me now and I’m moving on.