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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: 2017-10-16

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
Human Rights Member droi
International Trade Member inta
Foreign Affairs Substitute afet



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/03/10 Lesser duty rule in the EU-Vietnam trade agreement
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/07/12 VP/HR - Oil exploration in the occupied territories of Western Sahara
2016/06/02 Law 173 of the Dominican Republic concerning protection of importers of products
2016/04/27 Compensation for consumers following the Volkswagen emissions scandal
2016/03/04 Palm oil in the sustainable development chapter in TTIP
2015/06/03 Cruelty in raising animals for pet trade in the Netherlands
2017/08/30 Draft amendment to Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation
2017/06/22 Court of Justice ruling of 16 May 2017 on EU-Singapore FTA
2016/09/19 Hunting of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands
2016/03/01 VP/HR - Human rights abuses in Papua New Guinea
2015/07/02 Addressing albinism from the human rights perspective
2016/10/18 Use of primates in neuroscience research
2016/10/04 Vietnam's special consumption tax reform on wines and spirits
2016/05/17 VP/HR - Andy Hall, EU citizen and human rights defender
2016/05/02 VP/HR - Freedom of expression in the Gambia
2016/05/02 VP/HR - Freedom of speech in Thailand - cyber crime and defamation laws
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
2015/03/17 CXL duty on sugar imports
2014/08/29 New World Light Duty Test Procedure
2017/09/07 Stray dog problem in Montenegro
2015/08/04 VP/HR - Situation of human rights in Bahrain and case of Nabeel Rajab
2014/10/21 VP/HR - Rearrest of Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain
2015/12/03 VP/HR - Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan
2015/02/02 Follow-up action to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) consultation
2015/02/02 Consultation responses to the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism
2017/09/27 Aerotoxic syndrome
2015/03/25 Malta and the European Bird Directive
2015/01/13 Report on the implementation of Directive 2004/113/EC
2014/08/01 Restricted availability of Sky mobile applications
2017/08/31 VP/HR - Saudi Arabia: Increase in politically motivated executions since the leadership change
2016/01/05 VP/HR - Detention and sentencing of Ashraf Fayadh in Saudi Arabia
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2015/02/02 VP/HR - Karim Ashraf Mohamed al-Banna
2014/08/29 Building of a school next to a secure containment facility
2017/06/29 Missed farm payments in Scotland
2017/01/10 VP/HR - EU efforts towards securing the release of British IS hostage John Cantlie
2016/06/24 Transport of farm animals to Turkey
2016/05/11 EU Solidarity Fund payments to the UK
2015/12/07 Treatment of migrants and asylum seekers in Ceuta and Melilla
2014/10/20 Preferential treatment for holders of Croatian identity cards
2014/08/01 China's market economy status
2017/09/26 EU law regarding ski instructors in France
2017/06/27 Horizon 2020 funding for projects focused on replacing animal testing
2017/03/06 An international convention on animal testing
2015/09/15 Export controls in respect of dual-use items after the Hacking Team revelations
2014/08/01 TTIP and farm animal welfare
2016/02/11 Scottish Limited Partnerships
2015/02/02 VP/HR - Parliamentary elections in Haiti
2014/08/01 Discrimination experienced by mental illness sufferers when seeking insurance cover

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