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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!


Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
Partij voor de Dieren
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Fisheries Substitute pech
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/04/18 VP/HR - Killing of stray dogs in Ukraine before the Eurovision Song Contest
2016/05/12 Ban on the shredding and killing of chicks
2015/05/18 Follow-up questions to question E-003747/2015 on pain felt by fish at the time of killing
2015/04/30 Tax avoidance by big firms
2015/03/06 Pain felt by fish at the time of killing
2015/01/20 Grey squirrel cull
2014/07/24 Mass killing of badgers in the UK
2017/07/19 Tariff-free trade in bluefin tuna under the JEFTA
2017/06/22 Whale hunting in Norway
2017/04/18 Hunting of migratory bird species during spring in Malta
2017/03/28 Mr Dijsselbloem's remarks on what caused the economic crisis in southern Europe
2017/02/22 Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
2017/01/09 Accommodating foreign trade concerns regarding the new criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors
2016/10/28 Censoring of article on Japanese whaling
2016/10/28 Using bilateral and multilateral channels to stop Japanese whaling activities
2016/10/13 Sustainability agenda and promotion of the meat sector
2016/06/03 Banning the force feeding of geese and ducks
2016/04/21 Imports of Norwegian fur produced using whale meat
2015/12/22 Sale of live lobsters
2015/12/07 Japanese whaling in the Antarctic
2015/11/26 Genetically modified salmon
2015/10/02 Endocrine disrupters
2015/09/24 Air quality in the Netherlands does not meet EU standards
2015/07/24 Food safety concerns regarding Canadian horsemeat imports
2015/04/30 Suspension of import of horsemeat produced in Mexico
2015/04/14 Recreational hunting of migratory birds in Malta
2015/02/27 Air pollution in Madrid
2015/02/26 Consumer protection - fur products
2015/02/13 Criteria for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals
2015/01/30 Cross-border horsemeat fraud
2014/11/27 Compliance with EU law and fundamental rights of Italian circular and annexes thereto on fingerprint collection from irregular migrants
2014/11/18 New outbreak of bird flu in Europe
2014/10/30 Insect meat in Belgian supermarkets
2014/09/05 Slaughter of dolphins by Japan and the Faroe Islands
2017/01/06 Health risks related to consumption of vegetable oils, in particular palm oils
2016/10/13 European study into artificial turf and benefits of an artificial-turf-free Europe
2016/10/13 Health risks of synthetic turf fields
2016/09/02 Health risks related to consumption of vegetable oil, in particular palm oil
2016/06/03 Health risks related to the consumption of vegetable oils, and in particular palm oils
2015/01/26 Ongoing case between the United States and Microsoft
2014/11/25 Risks of extracting salt from the Waddenzee
2017/09/14 Unanswered questions about fipronil eggs contamination
2016/12/16 Animal Transport Guides Project
2016/05/02 REACH and new non-animal test methods
2015/09/21 A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020
2015/05/28 Labelling of animal ingredients
2015/04/29 EU Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015
2015/03/27 'Animal welfare is not an issue for Ukraine'
2014/10/14 Imports of battery eggs from Ukraine
2014/07/09 Welfare of veal calves
2017/09/28 European legislation on genetic modification
2017/09/26 Shooting of bears and wolves in Romania
2017/05/23 Ruling by the General Court of the European Union on the Commission's decision of 10 September 2014 to refuse to register the European Citizens' Initiative 'STOP TTIP'
2017/05/11 Video surveillance at European slaughterhouses
2017/03/10 Glyphosate
2017/02/10 Mistreatment of galgos and podencos in Spain
2017/01/12 Citizens' initiative 'Ban glyphosate'
2016/04/04 Regarding leaked consolidated TTIP chapter
2016/03/18 Biased glyphosate residue levels in food
2016/02/25 German beer contaminated with glyphosate
2015/09/28 Volkswagen's emissions fraud and the protection of EU citizens
2015/04/21 Authorisation of glyphosate
2015/04/21 Reassessment of glyphosate
2014/10/17 US authorisation of an agricultural poison based on a chemical weapon
2017/05/16 An EU ban on the movement of wild circus animals
2017/02/14 EU ban on the movement of wild circus animals
2016/06/16 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2016/02/11 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2015/11/05 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2015/04/10 Animals as sentient beings
2015/11/18 Privacy of EU Facebook users
2015/06/18 International organised crime and illegal fishing
2015/06/18 International organised crime and illegal fishing
2015/04/22 Breach of privacy on Facebook
2015/03/12 Scientific research programme on pulse trawling
2015/02/16 Illegal trade in Barbary macaques
2017/05/11 Translation of EU Zoos Directive Good Practices document
2015/12/09 Urgent need to reduce the impact of livestock on climate change
2015/11/12 Toro de Jubilo
2014/09/12 Atrocities - 'Toro de la Vega'
2016/02/29 Importation into the EU and use of Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotropin (PMSG) from blood farms
2015/10/07 Banned emulsifier in soft drink
2015/04/07 End of milk quotas
2015/04/07 End of milk quotas
2017/03/21 Democratic content of the new Rome Declaration
2017/03/21 Democratic content of the new Rome Declaration
2016/11/22 Construction of an extra 30 000 m2 of office space in Strasbourg
2016/11/22 Construction of an extra 30 000 m2 of office space in Strasbourg
2015/05/08 Tobacco agreements

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