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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: 2017-10-16

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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Magic Circle
Human Rights Member droi
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/06/08 Instrument for financial support for external borders and visa, as part of the Internal Security Fund
2017/03/09 Cross-border aspects of the adoption of children
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/09/30 Increased frequency of alerts from Bulgarian citizens and non-governmental organisations regarding dead dolphins washed ashore along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast
2015/10/20 Planned new Turkish nuclear power plant close to Bulgarian/EU border
2015/07/02 Energy security and whether the Turkish Stream/ Greek Stream project and the extension of Nord Stream are compatible with the Third Energy Package
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2017/03/28 Activities carried out by NGOs that have received European funding
2017/03/28 E-democracy and enhancing traditional democracy through ICT
2017/03/09 Encouraging people to take up physical activities in the Member States and promoting the European Week of Sport
2016/09/28 Maintaining, cleaning up and securing river beds, and the equipment needed to do so, in urban and non-urban areas in Member States
2014/10/16 Rule of law in Serbia / follow-up of European Parliament resolution of 16 January 2014
2017/07/14 Countering the dissemination of fake news
2017/06/08 eGovernment and encouraging the use of public administrations' online services
2017/03/27 The Dinka-Nuer conflict and the ensuing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
2016/03/03 Disturbance of the free movement of goods by Greece
2017/04/10 Equal pay and pensions for men and women in the EU
2017/04/10 Joint commemorations in Bulgaria and Macedonia
2017/03/09 Concerns raised by citizens and organisations about possible non-fulfilment of Paris Agreement commitments by a country which is a party to it
2016/11/03 Possible effect of CETA on the current rules on imports of genetically modified products
2017/06/08 Financial education and IT skills
2016/09/30 Introduction of the subject 'Civic Education' in primary and secondary education curricula in the Member States
2017/07/14 Encouraging fisheries-related tourism in the EU
2017/07/14 International cultural relations - cultural visa programme
2017/06/08 Access for persons with disabilities to historical and cultural sites
2017/06/08 Food waste in the EU
2017/03/28 Eradicating the digital divide and promoting digital inclusion and literacy
2017/07/14 EU data protection framework
2017/06/08 Protection of vulnerable adults
2015/09/30 VP/HR - Armenian civilians killed in attacks by Azerbaijani forces
2017/06/08 VAT fraud
2016/09/28 Measures to reduce the time that EU citizens spend on electronic devices such as phones, laptops and tablets
2016/01/04 EU counter-measures to Russian trade sanctions against Ukraine

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