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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!


Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Vice-Chair imco
Economic and Monetary Affairs Substitute econ



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/05/12 2017 Erasmus+ funding in the UK
2016/05/11 EU Solidarity Fund payments to the UK
2016/03/14 Lack of reply from the Commission to a letter sent by 60 MEPs
2015/10/30 Age restrictions for computer games
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
2015/09/15 The European emergency number and determination of caller location
2015/06/30 Introduction of the European Accessibility Act
2015/06/11 Limiting access to energy drinks for children under the age of 16
2015/03/31 Aviation safety for babies and small children
2016/09/19 Hunting of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands
2016/02/29 The problem of 'gender pricing'
2015/02/02 Overcharging for electricity in holiday homes
2014/07/08 Swimming pools on holiday properties
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
2016/03/30 Misdiagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as asthma
2015/08/04 VP/HR - Situation of human rights in Bahrain and case of Nabeel Rajab
2015/07/07 Mass Digitisation of Out-of-Commerce Works
2015/05/05 Motor insurance for motorised vehicles used on private land
2015/04/30 Violation of EU consumer protection legislation on travel rights
2015/09/11 Action against Member States violating the universal rights of asylum seekers
2015/08/31 Town twinning across Member States
2016/03/04 Goose cull in Islay
2015/02/03 Helping colleges deliver in the context of the jobs and growth agenda
2016/04/08 Talking labels
2015/07/07 Digital preservation
2017/06/29 Missed farm payments in Scotland
2016/11/04 Microsoft/LinkedIn merger
2015/06/11 Progress in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
2017/02/02 Artificial light and light sensitivity
2016/05/02 VP/HR - Attacks on the LGBTI community in Bangladesh
2015/12/15 Demolition of Palestinian structures and EU-funded structures in Area C
2015/12/11 Assistance regarding strategic assets

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