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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!


Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
MOST - HÍD
Slovakia
Magic Circle
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Member libe
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi
Petitions Substitute peti



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/02/02 European Year of Development
2015/01/19 GMOs
2015/01/08 Tools for reconciliation between European nations
2014/12/09 Reconciliation between nations/communities of Europe
2015/06/16 Member State practice in the area of selective refuse collection
2015/02/13 Transposition of pre-Lisbon measures in the domains of judicial and police cooperation
2015/01/19 Reintroduction of border controls in the Schengen area
2015/01/12 Illegal immigrants - communication with non-EU countries
2014/12/16 Draft Waste Act of the Slovak Republic
2016/07/15 Technological progress in reducing the use of lead in car batteries
2015/11/30 Family law
2015/07/02 Eliminating the pull factor for immigration
2015/02/04 Implementation of the German minimum wage law (MiLog)
2015/06/16 Begging with children, and begging mafias
2014/12/08 Breaches of the human rights of children with disabilities
2014/10/16 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
2015/11/30 Exchange of information on criminals
2015/03/23 Labelling - processed meat ingredients found in foods
2015/02/04 Offshore companies
2015/01/07 Impact of Tarakhel v Switzerland on the implementation and possible revision of the Dublin III Regulation
2014/12/09 Linguistic diversity in the EU
2015/09/28 Diplomatic relations with Arab states
2015/09/28 Successful integration
2015/05/20 Combatting vine wood diseases
2015/01/20 Coca-Cola Iberian Partners' redundancy plan
2015/11/20 Definition of 'refugee', 'asylant' and 'asylum applicant'
2015/09/28 Functioning of hotspots
2014/12/09 Freedom of movement in the EU

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