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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: 2017-01-31

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)
Les Républicains
Magic Circle
Economic and Monetary Affairs Member econ
Employment and Social Affairs Substitute empl

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/07/25 Use of a company vehicle for private purposes for cross-border workers
2016/07/21 Call for a limitation of abusive fees charged for cross-border intra-EU phone calls and SMSs in the upcoming review of the telecoms framework
2016/04/06 Metal theft in border areasMetal theft (involving copper, zinc, brass, steel, gold, etc.) is a growing phenomenon in border areas, in particular those on the border between France and Germany.
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/04/09 Taking account of the specific circumstances of the outermost island regions in the Erasmus+ Programme
2017/03/13 Taxation of ports
2016/12/07 Commission's approval of Germany's revised plan to introduce a road toll
2014/11/13 VP/HR - Diplomatic initiatives to save Asia Bibi
2016/05/24 Better consumer information on EU furniture products
2016/04/06 Unfair competition in the furniture and fittings sector
2015/11/19 Irradiated ingredients and foods
2015/05/20 Combatting vine wood diseases
2016/07/05 Case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in France
2014/12/22 Request for the wolf to be declassified under the Habitats Directive and the Bern Convention
2017/06/01 Building an ambitious EU industrial strategy as a strategic priority for growth, employment and innovation in Europe
2015/04/30 EU agricultural innovation systems
2017/04/28 Trade policy and agriculture
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2016/05/26 The EU Space Industrial Policy
2016/12/19 Actions against foie gras
2016/05/23 Health and safety at work risk in vineyards that are difficult to access
2016/02/29 Temporary licence plates for imported vehicles
2015/10/13 Access to finance for SMEs
2015/04/14 Recognition of oak and chestnut forests in the new 2014-2020 CAP regulations
2015/03/13 Difficulties with CAP implementation
2014/11/27 Recognition of geographic indications on the internet - negotiations with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
2014/11/04 Classification of azodicarbonamide under the REACH Regulation
2016/12/15 Health crisis in French and European poultry production and market measures
2016/03/01 Health and safety policy concerning female migrants and asylum seekers in refugee camps
2016/03/17 Difference in the treatment of hydropower concessions in France and in Europe
2016/03/01 Discriminatory measures against foreign retailers in Hungary
2015/09/30 Preventive measures to tackle the gender pension gap in the EU