Vaalikone of Yle scraped and ready to downloadPosted: March 21, 2011
The public broadcaster Yle published its voting advice application (vaalikone) last week (in Finnish and Swedish only, which is quite a shame for a public broadcaster – should we not encourage new citizens to take part in politics?). I took the chance to practice some screen scraping skills. You’ll find the result here:
1585 candidates answered the 35 questions, which means you got a pretty interesting set of data. A first analysis and visualization on one of the questions is coming up shortly.
A few remarks:
- Questions 31-33 have been left out, because they were different in every district and therefore not comparable.
- Question 34 is multiple choice and therefore listed in several columns.
- Questions and answers are listed in the second sheet of the spreadsheet in Google Docs.
Edit: The dataset has been updated with a new scrape from 24.3.2011.