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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: 2018-07-05

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
Security and Defence Vice-Chair sede
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Substitute femm
Industry, Research and Energy Substitute itre



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/09/03 Rural Development Regulation
2015/01/30 European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
2017/11/28 The Brexit referendum campaign and Russian interference
2015/09/07 Cider duty - Excise exemption for small domestic cider and perry producers
2015/02/27 Occupational accidents suffered by commercial drivers
2017/09/06 The European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement
2017/08/17 Derelict buildings in the area of Alagadi in Cyprus
2017/08/17 The hunting of songbirds in Cyprus
2015/12/16 Safer Internet Centre (SIC) - Child sexual abuse material, online content and protection of children
2018/05/25 VP/HR - Follow-up on the Council's conclusions on Myanmar of 26 February 2018 and its decision 2018/655
2014/12/18 Transcription of same-sex marriages in Italy
2016/08/24 Attacks on refugees
2015/02/03 Spanish border controls at Gibraltar crossing
2018/05/30 CSDP missions and post-traumatic stress disorder
2016/07/26 Impact on UK university funding - post-EU referendum
2015/12/17 Retaining high-tech manufacturing jobs in the EU
2017/12/04 Measurements for BPS entitlements
2016/11/30 EU aerospace sector - factories of the future
2016/04/19 French taxation
2015/04/10 Harassment of the Guarani Indian people in Brazil
2018/03/26 VP/HR - Human rights violations in the Chittagong Hills Tracts (CHT)
2015/02/03 Bahrain citizenship rights
2018/01/16 Withdrawal Agreement and the application of transition arrangements for Gibraltar
2015/01/21 Gibraltar aviation (Title VI, Articles 90-100 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union)
2014/11/11 Gibraltar/civil aviation
2018/03/21 The phase out of tungsten bulbs
2016/09/19 Hunting of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands
2015/10/23 Balearic shearwater birds
2015/09/03 Birds Directive - finch trapping in Malta

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