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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!

Europe of Nations and Freedom Group
Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs
Magic Circle
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Member libe
Foreign Affairs Substitute afet

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/11/10 Empirical background of CETA - studies
2015/12/22 Illegal business transactions by government circles in Ukraine
2015/10/22 Illegal criminal asylum seekers
2015/09/30 Animal welfare versus freedom of religion
2017/06/06 Agency budgets
2017/05/08 EU services card - Impact assessment
2015/10/23 Support for the people-smuggling industry
2014/12/10 Agreements in the pharmaceutical industry
2014/09/30 VP/HR - Case of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia
2017/05/08 EU pre-accession aid for Turkey
2016/07/20 Accession negotiations with Turkey
2015/03/17 Use of EU funds to develop airports
2016/02/04 Illegal deals and money laundering by Ukrainian politicians in Austria
2015/09/30 Radicalised Danish teenage girl stabbed her mother
2015/11/19 Tightening up the weapons laws
2015/03/03 Drugs policy of the European Union
2015/07/09 Migration flows into the EU over the last 20 years
2015/03/03 A land register programme for Greece
2015/09/30 Milk quotas and the free market
2015/03/03 Cooperation between NATO and the EU
2017/09/22 State of play regarding the fine on Austria in relation to the Salzburg financial scandal
2016/10/31 Non-recoverable subsidies for large tourist firms
2015/09/30 Female jihadists urge opening of Islamic State front in Libya
2014/09/05 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 investigation
2015/05/06 Protecting Europe's heritage
2015/03/17 Trade in 'golden visas'
2015/02/05 Lack of indication of country of origin for products entering the EU from third countries
2014/11/14 TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States and risks to European designations of origin
2014/11/13 Statistics concerning Imam schools in the EU
2017/06/06 Development aid in Africa
2017/03/31 Changing of the clocks
2015/03/17 Consumer information and labelling of meat originating from ritual slaughter