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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
Italy
Magic Circle
Budgets Member budg
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Substitute libe
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Substitute pana



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/02/15 Flexibility margins correlated to emergency immigration situation
2015/02/10 LGBT-phobic event sponsored by EXPO 2015
2015/02/02 Confiscation
2014/11/06 Violation of freedom of expression and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Lithuania
2014/07/25 Freedom of expression, assembly and association for LGBT people in Russia
2016/01/26 Presentation of the European Union on the 'europa.eu' website
2014/12/22 Asbestos in the European Union
2014/12/18 Minimum income in the European Union
2017/01/10 Funding for communication campaigns by human rights NGOs
2016/09/29 Funding for communication campaigns by human rights NGOs
2016/12/01 Plight of human rights activists in Turkey
2016/11/16 Commissioner Günther Oettinger's racist, homophobic and sexist comments
2016/05/19 Refusal to grant asylum to 3000 unaccompanied minors
2015/10/07 Violation of the human rights of refugees in Hungary
2015/03/11 Violation of human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Ukraine
2015/01/30 New framework for the rule of law
2015/01/30 New framework for the rule of law
2015/12/15 Excise duties on goods for consumption in business-to-consumer transactions (Directive 2008/118/EC)
2015/11/30 Freedom of movement for same-sex couples and their families
2015/02/12 Recognition of the effects of civil status documents throughout the EU
2014/12/18 Transcription of same-sex marriages in Italy
2014/11/25 Extension of motorway concessions in Italy
2016/11/08 VP/HR — Protection of LGBTI people in Morocco
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2016/12/01 VP/HR - Suspension of HIV prevention programmes in Tanzania
2016/11/28 Reintroduction of forced sterilisation of transgender persons in Slovakia
2014/11/20 Competitiveness of the EU steel industry

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