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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
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Employment and Social Affairs Substitute empl



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/03/04 Goose cull in Islay
2016/02/25 Mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance for certain foods
2016/01/29 Falsified Medicines Directive
2015/06/24 EU Directive 2008/104/EC and supply teachers
2016/11/30 EU aerospace sector - factories of the future
2016/10/04 EU funding for the UK aerospace sector
2015/07/21 Data protection and the UK draft communications bill
2014/10/16 Whaling in Greenland
2016/09/02 Antimicrobial resistance
2014/11/11 Hiring adapted cars in the EU
2014/10/13 Import and use of asbestos in the EU
2016/01/29 Winter fuel payments
2015/06/03 Industrially produced trans fatty acids (ITFAs) in food
2015/04/15 Imported commercially produced bumblebee hives
2014/12/03 Mutual assistance for tax recovery
2014/10/09 Safety requirements for baby changing tables
2014/10/08 Food waste and 'use by' dates
2016/11/30 Hazardous drugs - exposure of workers
2015/01/30 Alcohol strategy
2014/07/03 Bankruptcy
2016/07/13 TTIP's effect on animal welfare
2015/12/17 Retaining high-tech manufacturing jobs in the EU
2015/02/18 High-tech manufacturing jobs in the EU
2016/04/27 Contaminated blood scandals
2014/12/03 VAT rates on home improvement for health reasons
2014/11/12 Labelling of meat from stunned/non-stunned animals
2016/09/29 Research into narcolepsy
2015/01/15 Use of animals in circuses
2014/12/18 Transport of live animals to third countries
2014/07/02 Mango ban
2016/04/29 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/208 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 167/2013
2015/12/17 Report on alcohol labelling required under Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011
2014/12/03 EU Paediatric Regulation
2016/05/17 VP/HR - Andy Hall, EU citizen and human rights defender
2015/09/14 VP/HR - Harassment of researchers and human rights defenders by the Thai authorities, with special reference to the case of Andy Hall

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