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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 Freedom and Direct Democracy Group
United Kingdom Independence Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2014/10/15 ERDF West Midlands administration costs
2014/11/20 Europe for Citizens - West Midlands
2014/10/15 EU funding transparency
2014/10/15 EU representatives for the West Midlands
2014/10/15 Regional competitiveness and employment funding
2014/09/08 Twinning agreements between towns in the West Midlands and other EU towns
2014/09/08 EU ambassadors in the West Midlands
2014/09/01 EU charity funding in the West Midlands
2014/08/04 Erasmus students in the West Midlands
2014/08/04 Education Funding Agency
2014/07/21 EAW West Midlands
2017/01/24 Implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy
2017/01/24 Financing of the Common Security and Defence Policy
2015/08/12 EU projects in the West Midlands
2015/08/12 EU projects in the West Midlands
2014/09/08 EU student tuition fees
2014/08/04 Park View Educational Trust
2017/03/23 The ATHENA project
2014/10/15 Ebola
2014/10/15 EU border rules
2014/10/15 Denial of state aid
2014/10/15 EU state aid
2014/10/15 State aid rules and MG Rover
2014/11/20 Uptake of green technologies
2014/09/04 Stimulating the uptake of green technologies
2017/01/24 European defence markets
2015/05/26 Article 6(2) of the Treaty on European Union
2014/11/20 EUROCITIES
2014/10/15 Duplication of effort among Commissioners
2014/10/15 European arrest warrant
2014/07/22 Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
2014/11/20 Greater Birmingham
2014/11/20 Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Officein Brussels
2014/10/15 Open Sky agreements
2014/10/15 Human trafficking in Dudley
2014/08/29 Twinning of Dudley
2014/08/04 Birmingham University - Jean Monnet

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