The card sorter
arranged stacks of cards, and each category could then be run by the tabulating machine to apply whatever accounting function one chose to use.
(Of course, bi- or multivariate analysis is much easier to accomplish today when the data is in the form of an SPSS file than when it resided on Hollerith punch cards that could only be processed with a card sorter
.) Although Kinsey intended for his study to document and promote tolerance for a wider range of sexual behavior, the American public used his findings mainly to distinguish "natural" behavior from conduct that belonged in the closet.
In its first half-century, IBM's basic technology platform from which many products emerged was the punch-card, yielding tabulators, card sorters
, card readers and the famous (https://www.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/icons/punchcard/) IBM Card .