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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 Greens/European Free Alliance
Scottish National Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Fisheries Member pech
Culture and Education Substitute cult



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/08/11 European Structural and Investment Funds
2016/06/15 Copyright limit on pharmaceutical products and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
2015/03/31 Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Scotland's National Health Service
2014/12/11 Mental health guidelines - young people
2016/03/02 Cervical cancer
2016/02/16 Record university applications
2015/05/28 Referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union
2015/03/03 European Health Insurance Card
2015/03/03 European class sizes
2014/11/19 REMO applications
2016/06/15 Current EU public information and educational work regarding HIV/AIDS
2016/03/01 Illegal fishing and human rights abuses in Thailand
2016/02/16 EU cultural and artistic ambassadors
2016/02/16 Match fixing in tennis
2015/03/31 Learning additional languages in Scotland
2014/11/27 Human trafficking data
2016/12/15 VP/HR - Arrests in Turkey: Peoples' Democratic Party parliamentarians
2015/12/09 Commission giving EUR 3 billion to Turkey
2015/11/11 UK Renewable Energy Targets 2020
2015/04/13 'Double-lock' UK EU exit
2014/11/27 UK Government limits on EU migrants
2015/04/28 Disposal of waste
2014/12/11 Operation Mare Nostrum
2016/05/24 VP/HR - Detention of Kamal Foroughi in Evin Prison, Iran
2015/04/17 Scotland's food and drink on the EU market
2015/01/20 Use of and reliance on food banks across Member States
2014/12/11 Alcohol consumption
2017/02/27 VP/HR - Convictions in Sudan, 29 January 2017
2016/06/15 Commission response to World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution on biomedical research and development
2016/06/14 VP/HR - Organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China
2015/04/17 Cost-benefit of Erasmus
2017/01/18 VP/HR - Arrest of members of the Ahmadiyya community (Rabwah, Pakistan)
2015/12/16 VP/HR - Recent attacks on Ahmadis in Jehlum, Pakistan
2015/03/31 Dundee cake
2015/03/03 Aircraft safety
2014/12/11 Plastic bag usage
2016/02/16 Child smokers
2015/12/11 Commission engagement with the Scottish Parliament
2015/03/31 Fishing for litter
2015/03/03 Breastfeeding
2015/03/03 Promoting science
2014/12/04 Directive 2008/122/EC - Timeshares
2014/11/27 Scotland's approach to drink driving
2014/11/27 Gender balance in Europe
2016/08/11 Transnational funding
2016/02/08 Bulldozed EU buildings in the West Bank

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