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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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Südtiroler Volkspartei
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi
Economic and Monetary Affairs Substitute econ

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2015/07/02 Italian hunting seasons
2015/06/17 Eurocodes: Eurocode 5 (Recommendation 2003/887/EC of 11.12.2003)
2015/03/31 Examination of possible distortions of competition resulting from the provisions of Decree Law No 190 of the Italian Republic of 23 December 2014
2015/02/26 Expropriation of farmers via the termination of usufructuary rights in Hungary
2016/12/07 Commission's approval of Germany's revised plan to introduce a road toll
2016/05/12 Direct supply of small quantities of foodstuffs to the final consumer
2015/04/21 Split payments
2015/07/08 Delays in the procedure for awarding PDOs and PGIs
2014/09/24 Export of wine to the Czech Republic
2017/06/20 Compulsory vaccinations for children and adolescents in Italy
2016/11/29 Biological low-risk pesticides
2015/05/20 Combatting vine wood diseases
2014/11/27 Recognition of geographic indications on the internet - negotiations with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
2014/11/13 VP/HR - Diplomatic initiatives to save Asia Bibi
2015/04/24 European Tourist Board
2017/07/05 Hybridisation between wolves and dogs
2014/12/09 Recognition of Austrian specialist medical qualifications in Italy
2017/09/01 Action Plan for nature, people and the economy
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2015/10/08 Recognition of market economy status for China: current state of play and potential impact
2017/02/03 Exchange of vehicle registration data between Member States in order to prevent cross-border insurance fraud
2016/11/10 Discrimination in the Italian tariff system for track access charges for international trains