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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!


European Conservatives and Reformists Group
Conservative Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Industry, Research and Energy Member itre
Constitutional Affairs Substitute afco
Economic and Monetary Affairs Substitute econ



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/06/24 Excise duty change to allow government support for small cider producers
2015/06/15 Small cider producers
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/12/02 Cross-border air pollution in Gibraltar caused by Spanish oil refinery
2015/02/10 Gibraltar civil aviation measures
2014/10/16 Gibraltar border delays
2014/07/24 Spanish government action on Gibraltar border delays
2014/07/24 Gibraltarian government action on Gibraltar border delays
2015/11/10 UK Government paper on the future of the cane sugar refining sector
2015/11/05 Situation in the steel sector
2015/03/26 Sugar cane quotas
2014/07/08 Application of a UK indemnity document in the EU
2016/09/20 Angora fur farming
2016/03/08 Human Rights breaches in Morocco
2015/03/31 Mercosur-EU relations
2015/03/31 Chinese dumping of tyres
2014/10/09 Turkish import duties
2014/07/08 European Accessibility Act - access to large print
2016/07/13 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
2015/07/27 French social charges
2015/03/26 Timeshare companies
2014/11/04 Problems with private storage aid proposals
2015/12/02 List of alien species of Union concern
2015/09/02 Wholesale Dealers Authorisation legislation amendments
2015/06/15 Avastin
2015/03/31 VAT on sanitary products
2015/01/30 Cosmetic testing
2015/01/07 Changes to the VAT place of supply legislation
2015/01/07 Hamas and the list of terrorist organisations
2014/11/04 Plant protection products
2014/11/04 Article 2(3)(b) of Commission Regulation (EC) No 900/2008
2014/07/23 Draft Commission implementing regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 900/2008
2016/05/04 EU transport projects: Baltic Railway from Helsinki to Vilnius
2016/02/15 EU transport projects: Baltic Railway from Helsinki to Vilnius
2016/05/31 Cosmetics
2014/11/18 The case of Veljko Marić
2014/09/10 Commercial Agents Directive
2015/12/02 Greek pensions
2015/07/22 Cider duty
2015/04/13 Cider duty ruling

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