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



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/02/08 Response to Parliament's resolution requesting protection for Edward Snowden
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
2015/11/04 Repatriation of possible victims of trafficking in breach of the suspension order issued by the Rome Court (First Chamber)
2016/05/19 Human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2015/08/04 VP/HR - Situation of human rights in Bahrain and case of Nabeel Rajab
2018/02/13 LGBTI rights in Pakistan
2015/09/02 VP/HR - Human rights in the United Arab Emirates
2017/05/05 Respecting the EU citizenship rights of UK nationals in the EU
2017/04/07 VP/HR - LGBT rights in Chechnya
2016/03/16 Age of consent in the General Data Protection Regulation
2018/02/06 Freedom of speech in Cyprus - the Afrika newspaper case
2014/10/27 Kurdish people in Kobane
2017/01/27 European Arrest Warrant: guaranteeing fair trials and fundamental rights
2016/09/28 Accusations of embezzlement of European funds in Hungary
2018/03/06 Detention of unaccompanied children in police station cells in Greece
2017/01/25 Emergency aid for refugees in Greece
2015/03/17 CXL duty on sugar imports
2015/03/17 New distortion in the EU sugar market
2017/06/01 Infringement proceedings against the UK on the application of Free Movement Directive
2015/11/10 Covenant on Demographic Change
2015/07/02 Fundamental right safeguards in the Facilitation Directive (2002/90/EC)
2014/10/22 Race Equality Directive

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