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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!


Europe of Nations and Freedom Group
Partij voor de Vrijheid
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Member libe
Economic and Monetary Affairs Substitute econ



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/06/22 North Brabant livestock housing permit office ('stalderingsloket')
2017/06/08 Terrorism and the EU
2017/03/07 European Patents Office
2016/10/06 The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)
2016/07/15 Refusal to permit access to the national market for GMOs
2016/07/13 European agenda for the collaborative economy
2016/06/02 Grant under the Creative Europe programme
2016/06/02 Market-distorting grant for the European Union Youth Orchestra
2015/12/16 Energy Union
2017/06/15 Securing smart devices
2017/06/13 EU expenditure entailing payments to NGOs
2017/05/10 State aid by the Dutch Government
2017/04/27 Corruption at the Council of Europe
2017/03/23 EU grants to Dutch provinces
2017/02/02 VP/HR - Scope of the Constitution
2016/11/09 Budgetary powers under Dutch law
2016/10/06 Ericsson
2016/03/08 Tackling corruption
2017/09/26 Migrants' camp at Calais
2016/09/07 'Jungle' migrants' camp in Calais
2016/01/29 FTT
2015/11/13 EU jobs plan
2016/10/06 'Free' Interrail card for 18-year-olds
2016/07/12 TTIP
2016/06/17 French and German minimum wage
2016/02/25 In-work benefits in the United Kingdom
2015/11/12 UK's demand for restrictions on benefits payable to immigrants
2017/09/25 Integrity of officials
2017/09/25 Lenovo's spyware
2017/09/20 Incorrect legal basis
2017/06/08 Mortgage interest tax deductibility
2016/12/16 Exports of unemployment benefit
2016/10/26 Turkish mathematics textbooks
2016/06/09 Chicken from Ukraine
2016/01/28 Natural gas exports
2015/12/03 Ban on supermarkets selling cut-price chicken in kilo packages: meat just for the rich in Holland
2017/06/13 Wall of shame
2017/05/04 Internal borders without controls
2017/04/26 Location of EU agencies
2016/11/18 Brexit and the European internal market
2016/11/07 Ban on internal combustion engines in Germany
2016/10/18 Accountability for EU spending
2016/09/13 Meat from ritually slaughtered animals on the internal market
2017/09/25 European values
2017/05/23 European values
2017/03/22 Spy device in 'My friend Cayla' doll
2017/05/04 Free movement of persons
2016/11/07 Agricultural subsidies
2016/07/14 Freedom of movement for workers
2016/03/10 Free movement of workers
2017/08/31 Registration of data by Sonos
2017/06/01 Climate Agreement and Trump
2017/05/23 Statement by Trump
2016/11/09 Death penalty in Turkey
2016/02/25 EU-UK Agreement
2016/02/11 EUR 3 billion per annum for the reception of refugees in Turkey
2015/12/16 Agreement with Turkey
2017/05/11 Return on pension funds
2016/01/29 Inflation and pension payments
2016/01/28 Stress test for pension funds
2015/12/15 Pension funds

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