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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: 2018-07-05

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 Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Democraten 66
Netherlands
Magic Circle
EU authorisation procedure for pesticides Member pest
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
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Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/06/05 Impact of a tax shift from labour to natural resource use
2015/03/20 Formal proposal for amendment for consideration at the 27th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
2014/07/28 Ecological Focus Areas
2016/10/31 Requirements for ship recycling facilities
2015/04/13 Neonicotinoids
2014/07/11 Neonicotinoids and the decline of bird species
2018/05/30 Carpet toxicity
2016/06/29 Three leading human rights advocates jailed in Turkey
2015/10/13 On halting the broadcast of TV channels in Turkey
2015/05/20 VP/HR - New violations of women's rights in Iran
2018/03/08 Appointment of Mr Selmayr as Secretary-General of the Commission, and the procedure for it
2015/09/30 Commission's awareness of the use of defeat devices in cars
2017/10/11 Environmental risks associated with artificial turf sports pitches containing rubber granulate
2016/11/30 Health risks posed by rubber granulate in artificial grass
2015/06/24 EU litigation risks following a Dutch Court ruling on greenhouse gas emission reductions
2017/05/29 The use of ventilation holes in cigarette filters
2017/02/28 E-car production quotas in China
2016/02/29 Emissions from shipping and the sulphur content of ships' fuels
2015/10/01 State aid for the car industry in Europe
2017/10/18 Levels of glyphosate in agricultural land and approval process for glyphosate
2017/10/02 Risk of paralysis of children due to enterovirus EV-D68
2017/03/24 Rises in prices of existing medicines on the medicines market
2017/05/26 State of play of infringement procedures opened against seven Member States on dieselgate
2017/01/19 VP/HR - Egypt: The case of Ramy El-Sayed
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court
2018/02/06 Environmental defender deaths
2014/07/28 Subsidies in the energy sector

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