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Discover what MEPs are working on by seeing keywords and categories emerging from their questions.

Discover what MEPs are working on by seeing keywords and categories emerging from their questions.

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Last Updated: 2018-07-05

About this classification:

The classification works on the corpus of all the parliamentary questions (oral and written) presented during the VIII term. The corpus is projected in a vector space where the dimensions are the keywords selected through a technique that involves the use of Markov Chains.
In this space, every text is represented by the TF-IDF (term frequency–inverse document frequency) vector.

On this vector space we've trained two different classifiers (svm and random forest). Combining the two classifiers we reach a precision of 81% on our test set.

As you may understand, classifying parliamentary texts involves knowledge of the domain, care when combining the classifiers and a high quality training. Even when all these elements are there, this semi-automatic classification can hardly be perfect, but it's good to continously try to improve it.

Every feedback and help is then more than welcome!


Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Economic and Monetary Affairs Member econ
Employment and Social Affairs Substitute empl



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2018/03/28 Clarification of the difference between stray and feral cats
2017/09/11 The UK's National Institute of Agricultural Botany and Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) tests for ornamentals
2018/01/23 Outbreaks of H5N6 avian influenza
2017/02/14 Avian influenza and the general prohibition of vaccination
2016/12/20 Avian influenza in the UK
2018/05/15 Freedom of movement in Cyprus
2018/01/16 Water pollution and the use of Imidacloprid
2017/11/08 Tripartite agreement on the movement of racehorses
2017/04/11 Town twinning
2018/03/26 Overfishing of Antarctic krill
2017/11/09 Funding of research on ME/CFS
2017/08/11 H5N8 HPAI confirmed in a dead wild mute swan in Norfolk
2017/06/16 Fall armyworm in Africa
2017/05/12 Pet passports and requirements for non-EU laboratories
2017/02/22 European Central Bank investing in fossil fuels and weapons manufacturers
2017/09/11 VP/HR - EU Support for Burkina Faso in the light of recent terrorist attacks
2017/03/23 Heineken's acquisition of Punch Taverns
2017/10/30 VP/HR - Persecution of BBC Persian journalists in Iran
2018/04/10 Bladder cancer within the EU
2018/03/15 Rights of EEA applicants to UK universities
2017/09/28 Human rights and trade union rights in Somalia
2017/05/24 PCE/PEC - Recognition of citizenship rights of UK citizens in other EU Member States and agreement on non-UK EU citizens' rights in the UK
2017/11/07 Prescriptive compensation for firefighters in contact with carcinogens
2017/11/08 The murder of Giulio Regeni
2017/03/31 Hungarian legislation threatening academic freedom
2017/01/24 VP/HR - Academic freedom in the world one year after the murder of Giulio Regeni
2017/01/24 Academic freedom in the world one year after the murder of Giulio Regeni: trade and funding

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