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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: 2017-01-31

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
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Chair libe
Budgets Substitute budg



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2014/11/05 Situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration
2014/11/05 Situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration
2016/11/17 Obligations in the field of visa reciprocity in accordance with Article 1(4) of Regulation 539/01
2016/06/20 European Public Prosecutor's Office and Eurojust
2016/06/20 European Public Prosecutor's Office and Eurojust
2016/03/16 Age of consent in the General Data Protection Regulation
2014/10/27 Kurdish people in Kobane
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
2016/05/19 Human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2015/11/10 Covenant on Demographic Change
2015/09/02 VP/HR - Human rights in the United Arab Emirates
2015/08/04 VP/HR - Situation of human rights in Bahrain and case of Nabeel Rajab
2014/11/20 Renewing the EU Internal Security Strategy
2014/11/20 Renewing the EU Internal Security Strategy
2015/09/21 Smart Borders
2015/09/21 Smart Borders Package
2015/04/07 Smart Borders Package
2015/04/07 Smart Borders Package
2016/10/13 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/10/12 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2015/09/16 Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hate speech in Europe
2015/03/17 CXL duty on sugar imports
2015/03/17 New distortion in the EU sugar market
2016/09/28 Accusations of embezzlement of European funds in Hungary
2015/12/21 Measures to enhance railway security in Europe
2015/06/01 European Agenda on Security
2015/06/01 European Agenda on Security
2016/03/02 Follow-up to the resolution of Parliament of 11 February 2015 on the US Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA (2014/2997(RSP))
2016/03/02 Follow-up to the resolution of Parliament of 11 February 2015 on the US Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA (2014/2997(RSP))
2015/11/25 VP/HR - Bahraini Court of Cassation rejects appeal of two men sentenced to death on the basis of confessions obtained under duress
2015/11/10 Situation in Hungary: follow-up to European Parliament resolution of 10 June 2015
2015/11/04 Repatriation of possible victims of trafficking in breach of the suspension order issued by the Rome Court (First Chamber)
2015/09/29 The follow-up to the European Parliament resolution of 12 March 2014 on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens
2015/09/29 The follow-up to the European Parliament resolution of 12 March 2014 on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens
2016/10/26 Combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
2016/10/26 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
2016/02/16 Information concerning negotiations on international agreements
2015/07/02 Fundamental right safeguards in the Facilitation Directive (2002/90/EC)
2014/10/22 Race Equality Directive

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