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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!


European Conservatives and Reformists Group
Conservative Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Human Rights Substitute droi
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Substitute pana



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/07/11 VP/HR - Religious minorities in Pakistan
2017/03/03 VP/HR - Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Algeria
2017/02/07 Follow-up to Written Question E-011841/2015
2016/11/16 VP/HR - Persecution of the Bahá'í community in Iran
2016/06/02 VP/HR - Christian persecution in Pakistan
2015/12/01 VP/HR - Ahmadiyya community - Persecution in Pakistan
2015/01/07 VP/HR - Murder of Luqman Shahzad and the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims
2017/07/12 British officials in the European institutions
2017/01/13 VP/HR - Comments of Horacio Sevilla Borja - UN General Assembly
2015/09/10 VP/HR - EEAS office in Tehran
2015/02/04 VP/HR - EEAS officials
2016/02/25 Customs arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event of a 'Brexit'
2015/02/23 Television stations under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood
2015/02/06 VP/HR - Addition of the so-called 'Donetsk People's Republic' and 'Lugansk People's Republic' to the EU list of proscribed terrorist organisations
2014/11/11 The Forum of Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO)
2014/07/23 Possibility of adding the Lugansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic with their leaders to the EU's banned terrorist organisations list
2017/06/21 VP/HR - South China Sea - Permanent Court of Arbitration
2017/03/23 VP/HR - Situation in the South China Sea
2016/06/02 VP/HR - Rising tensions in the South China Sea
2015/06/10 South China Sea Peace Initiative
2017/05/11 Intelligence sharing arrangements with Cape Verde
2016/03/22 Possibility of a free trade agreement between the EU and Cape Verde
2015/10/14 EASA Safety Information Bulletin 2015-2016 on the Simferopol Flight Information Region
2015/07/13 VP/HR - Russian propaganda directed towards the EU
2015/06/18 VP/HR - Raif Badawi
2014/12/10 Ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
2014/12/04 VP/HR - Arrest of leading anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid
2014/11/19 VP/HR - EU sanctions against the Russian Federation and associated reports
2014/10/16 Russian-language edition of Euronews TV
2014/09/10 VP/HR - Russian detention of Estonian intelligence officer
2017/08/24 VP/HR - The situation in Venezuela
2015/09/29 VP/HR - Ceasefire violations on the line of contact between Armenia and Azerbaijan
2015/02/04 VP/HR - Situation in Yemen
2014/10/16 VP/HR - Alleged IS alliance with Pakistani Taliban
2014/09/10 VP/HR - NGO activity in Azerbaijan
2015/07/02 Addressing albinism from the human rights perspective
2015/03/04 Security issues linked to the illegal reactivation and selling of weapons for criminal purposes
2014/12/10 VP/HR - Self-determination and statehood in Western Sahara
2014/09/04 EU-Russia scientific cooperation
2014/09/04 EU-Russia scientific cooperation
2017/06/07 Increasing levels of homelessness in Europe
2016/12/05 Sri Lanka - GSP+ status
2015/10/14 Citizenship application process in Bulgaria
2015/06/15 Europe Aid Contract No 134051-C-SER-MULTI
2015/01/28 VP/HR - EU Presence in Erbil
2014/11/11 VP/HR - Dervishes of the Nematollah Gonabadi Order
2014/07/03 VP/HR - EU Peace-Building Partnership
2017/03/03 Definition and proof of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance
2017/02/08 VP/HR - Case of Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jašek and Abdulmonem Abdumawla
2016/11/16 VP/HR - The case of Nabeel Masih
2016/02/17 EU and US regulation of escrow services
2015/10/13 Awarding of citizenship to refugees in the Member States
2015/09/29 VP/HR - Eastern Strategy Communication Team
2015/09/10 VP/HR - UNSC referral of ISIS, or the so-called 'Islamic State', to the ICC
2015/07/14 VP/HR - Prisoners in the UAE
2015/02/27 Supporting Tunisia's democratic transition
2015/02/26 VP/HR - Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC)
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
2015/01/13 VP/HR - Seized financial assets of Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo
2014/07/23 VP/HR - The case of Andrew Hall in Thailand
2014/07/03 Health insurance for students studying in another Member State
2017/06/21 The use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs)
2016/05/25 VP/HR - EUNAVFOR Med's Operation Sophia
2016/04/25 Use of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance to tackle the migration crisis
2016/04/25 EU spending on external migration policy in neighbourhood countries
2016/04/07 VP/HR - Terrorist attack on Easter Sunday in Lahore
2015/04/15 Funding for political advocacy NGOs in the Arab-Israeli conflict
2014/12/05 Piracy off the coast of West Africa
2014/10/16 VP/HR - Warning of Al Shabaab attack in Addis Ababa
2014/07/23 Taxation of gambling products in Montenegro

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