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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
Partido Socialista
Magic Circle
Human Rights Member droi
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Transport and Tourism Substitute tran

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/07/12 VP/HR - Attempted murder of three human rights defenders in Honduras
2017/01/18 Trade with Brazil /future free trade agreement with Mercosur and human rights abuses and violence against the indigenous population in Brazil - need for EU to act
2016/11/17 VP/HR - Deaths of teenagers in riots in juvenile detention centres in Brazil
2015/09/16 VP/HR - Murder of the Guarani-Kaiowá human rights defender Semião Fernandes Vilhalva
2015/02/05 VP/HR - Investigation into alleged human rights violations committed during the civil war in Sri Lanka
2016/11/24 VP/HR - Political prisoners in Venezuela with ties to Europe
2016/08/31 VP/HR - Political prisoners in Venezuela
2015/06/08 Unfair labour practices in Asia shrimp farms
2015/05/13 VP/HR - Imminent execution of Sheikh Al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia
2015/01/30 Iron ore project in Portugal
2014/12/08 Reference to Portugal in the Annual Growth Survey 2015: labour market reforms
2017/05/17 VP/HR - Expulsion of the student Karla Pérez González from her university in Cuba
2016/10/19 VP/HR - Refusal of EU ambassador in Cuba to meet Sakharov Prize-winner Guillermo Fariñas
2016/08/01 VP/HR - situation for Cuban political dissident and winner of the 2010 Sakharov Prize, Guilhermo Fariñas
2017/03/28 VP/HR - Venezuelan political prisoner Lorent Saleh suffering from increasingly poor health
2016/06/28 VP/HR - Activist Lorent Saleh held for 22 months in a Venezuelan underground prison
2015/10/21 VP/HR - State of health of the Angolan activist Albano Bingobingo, on hunger strike in prison
2016/01/28 Amendment of the Danish law on the right of asylum
2016/01/14 Autonomous driving
2015/11/26 VP/HR - Death sentence of the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh
2017/07/12 VP/HR - Non-renewal of the mandate of UN envoy by the new Haitian Government
2017/05/04 VP/HR - Fresh attempt by the Venezuelan government to hijack democracy
2017/03/28 VP/HR - Violence in Venezuelan prisons
2016/06/30 Violence against foreign nationals resident in the UK
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2016/04/28 EU-Mercosur Association Agreement
2015/01/29 EU-Mercosur Association Agreement
2017/07/12 VP/HR - 30 years imprisonment for a Salvadorean girl following a spontaneous abortion
2016/09/13 VP/HR - Death of an Angolan boy during a peaceful protest
2016/04/13 VP/HR - Salvadorian woman sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment for murder because of a miscarriage
2015/06/04 VP/HR - Political persecution of the Angolan journalist Rafael Marques
2015/12/08 European Agency for Road Transport
2015/02/25 VP/HR - Lajes Air Base
2015/02/10 Public tender procedure for the subconcession of the transport systems belonging to the Porto metro and the Porto public transport company STCP
2015/02/03 Flexibility in the Stability and Growth Pact - investment clause