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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!


European Conservatives and Reformists Group
Conservative Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Fisheries Substitute pech
Industry, Research and Energy Substitute itre
Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector Substitute emis
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Substitute pana



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/06/09 Energy efficiency
2015/06/03 Energy efficiency legislative review
2015/05/20 Energy Union
2015/12/02 General Mills factory closure in Berwick
2015/05/13 Offshore wind impact on seabirds
2015/03/20 Formal proposal for amendment for consideration at the 27th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
2014/12/18 Transcription of same-sex marriages in Italy
2016/03/29 Distribution System Operators - Single association
2016/03/04 Basic Farm Payment window
2015/09/02 Single Farm Payments
2016/06/02 Competition complaint
2015/09/28 Agriculture innovation fund
2014/09/10 Impact on European agriculture of trade ban on EU agricultural products and foodstuffs imposed by the Russian Federation
2016/11/30 VP/HR - Spanish Government's consent to the use of Ceuta's port facilities by Moscow warships undermining EU sanctions and possible family links with Commissioner Arias Cañete
2016/01/28 Legal highs
2015/09/28 Landing obligations - Support for fishermen
2015/12/14 Paris Climate Agreement
2015/06/03 Interconnections within Member States
2014/10/02 Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20)
2014/10/02 Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20)
2015/09/28 Hydrocarbon BREF
2015/07/03 Hydrocarbon BREF
2016/03/29 Trade between Europe and South-East Asia
2015/12/02 Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV
2015/06/16 Illegal trade in animals
2015/09/28 Electricity storage
2015/05/26 Directive 2003/59/EC on the requirement for professional driver training
2015/05/13 North Sea Electricity Grid
2015/01/28 Blue whiting
2016/11/16 Commissioner Günther Oettinger's racist, homophobic and sexist comments
2016/11/08 VP/HR — Protection of LGBTI people in Morocco

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