I was running an online experiment and during data collection I was constantly downloading the results (database mode) to check if everything was fine with the data. My experiment had also a slider component, so I was also calculating some descriptive statistics from the slider responses. Unfortunately, when I stopped recruiting participants and downloaded the results from the database, I realized that the slider responses were no longer considered (from Excel) as numeric values, but instead they were treated as strings, which means that I can’t do any kind of calculations. I’ve tried to convert them to a numeric format to no avail. So, I have some output files which treat slider responses as numeric values (the ones I downloaded during the data collection process) but the final output file which contains all my partiicipants, treats slider responses as strings. Anyone else who has run on a similar issue?