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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
Movement for Social Democracy EDEK
Magic Circle
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Regional Development Substitute regi
Petitions Substitute peti

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/11/16 370 NGOs banned from operating in Turkey
2016/10/13 Fresh challenge by Turkey to the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus and Greece
2016/06/29 Three leading human rights advocates jailed in Turkey
2016/06/01 Provocative references by Turkey to the 'defunct' Republic of Cyprus
2016/01/20 Promoting tourism in the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus
2014/10/07 Provocative actions by Turkey violating the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus
2016/11/16 VP/HR - Use of chemical weapons in Syria
2016/05/24 Access to energy in Africa
2015/10/23 Child obesity
2015/02/05 VP/HR - Child victims of Islamic State militants
2015/03/06 Broadband in the EU
2016/10/19 7 out of 10 refugees are the victims of trafficking on their journey to the Mediterranean
2016/07/21 Call for a limitation of abusive fees charged for cross-border intra-EU phone calls and SMSs in the upcoming review of the telecoms framework
2015/11/10 Unemployment Benefit
2015/07/02 Progress made in the implementation of the Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships
2015/03/19 Violence and bullying in schools
2016/12/02 Water sold at gold prices
2016/11/10 Economic issues relating to settlement of the Cyprus problem
2016/10/12 Increase in numbers of old people in Europe and discrimination suffered by them
2015/03/03 Water pipeline from Turkey to occupied Cyprus
2016/12/08 A third of all children in developing countries do not attend school because they are working
2016/12/08 One in four children living in poverty in EU countries
2016/11/08 Growing crisis for refugee and migrant children
2016/09/14 Combatting sexual harassment
2016/09/07 Abolition of roaming charges for 90 days
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2015/03/31 Illegal changes to place names
2016/12/13 Environmental and cultural destruction in the occupied areas of Cyprus
2016/06/17 Failure to record the name of the occupied village of Myrtou in Greek
2016/01/25 Likelihood of environmental damage from the use of a new fuel in occupied Cyprus
2014/10/07 Environmental destruction in the Turkish-occupied territories of Cyprus
2016/11/22 Seabirds and plastics
2016/10/27 'Fate' of waste in the EU
2015/11/24 Organisation of working time for permanent members of the Cypriot army
2016/09/28 Accusations of embezzlement of European funds in Hungary
2015/04/24 European Tourist Board
2015/03/03 Construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu