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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
Partito Democratico
Magic Circle
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Regional Development Substitute regi

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/12/07 Environmental problems at the Corsea landfill in Sarcedo following the management consortium's bankruptcy
2015/07/02 Protecting European ceramic tile production and international trade
2015/06/16 Illegal trade in animals
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Prosecution of war crimes in Syria
2015/03/31 Operating licences for state-owned beaches: guaranteeing good quality investment and protecting legitimate expectations
2016/05/19 Refusal to grant asylum to 3000 unaccompanied minors
2016/04/28 Protection of children's rights in the context of international adoptions in Italy
2016/04/20 Erasmus+ programme and learning about the EU at school
2015/12/01 Comprehensive strategy on missing and unaccompanied children
2016/11/17 Use of social media to spread lies and slander
2016/10/06 Failure of the Italian State to carry out a census of migratory species of wildlife for the purposes of the implementation of Directive 147/2009/EC
2016/02/15 Flexibility margins correlated to emergency immigration situation
2015/12/15 Excise duties on goods for consumption in business-to-consumer transactions (Directive 2008/118/EC)
2015/06/03 Damage to the marine ecosystem caused by Regulation (EC) No 1624/94
2016/02/23 Protection of human rights: the case of Italian family assistants
2016/01/12 VP/HR - Case of Kamal Foroughi
2015/07/02 Italian hunting seasons
2015/05/28 Minimum clam size: possible tolerance threshold
2016/02/26 Funding opportunities for inter-regional European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) that are highly specialised in trans-European sectors
2015/05/28 No regional energy plan in Veneto
2015/05/20 European Aid for Nepal
2016/09/07 Place of origin of rabbit meat: compulsory labelling
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2016/04/27 Mandatory labelling
2015/12/04 'Agricultural beer' and EU-recognised agricultural products
2015/04/30 EU agricultural innovation systems
2016/06/15 Perfluorinated alkylated substances and the endocrine system
2016/06/22 Europe Direct information centres
2015/06/04 Funding for action to protect minority languages and dialects
2015/05/20 Combatting vine wood diseases
2015/05/13 Community action plans for combating erosion of the Mediterranean and Adriatic coastlines
2016/06/15 Tourism: streamlining procedures and simplifying access to information
2015/12/22 Biomass-fired combined heat and power (cogeneration) plant in Novaledo and air quality
2015/11/11 Redundancies at Lag Italia plant in Due Carrare, Italy
2015/06/11 Progress in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
2016/07/05 Common starling: damage to crops and population control
2015/10/15 Measures by the Commission to promote cycling
2015/10/15 Identification of criteria according to which specific substances or objects may be regarded as being a by-product
2015/06/05 Anti-tuberculosis drugs
2015/04/16 Community measures in support of disabled adults living independently