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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 Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/09/29 Poultry trade with Ukraine
2014/12/10 Implementation and enforcement of the EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement
2014/11/13 Implementation of Natura 2000
2014/10/06 Unfair egg trade
2014/08/11 Import restrictions by Russia
2016/07/13 New breeding techniques
2015/08/17 Performance-based controls of the CAP
2015/02/04 Progress of the assessment of new plant-breeding techniques
2016/07/26 Connection of the European fisheries policy to other policy areas
2015/10/22 French ban on Bisphenol A
2015/09/15 French aid package for the farming industry
2015/03/09 Total ban on the use of languages other than the official language of Bulgaria during election campaigns
2014/11/27 The purchasing policy of the French supermarket Carrefour
2014/10/23 Ban on battery egg production in the EU
2014/09/03 Cisgenesis
2016/06/13 Advanced biofuels post-2020
2015/09/29 Labelling of mussels
2015/06/02 Water Framework Directive
2015/11/13 Use of plant protection products outside agriculture
2015/06/10 Tagetes
2015/04/30 EU agricultural innovation systems
2014/11/04 Mouse damage to grassland
2014/09/30 Joint agreements/decisions on agricultural products (Article 222 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013)
2014/09/04 Fat correction
2017/01/03 Permit for maleic hydrazide
2016/12/21 Processed animal proteins in feed for non-ruminants
2015/11/25 Use of meat and bone meal (MBM) in animal feed
2015/08/07 Reducing the regulatory burden on farmers
2014/12/16 Multiannual management plan for sole in the North Sea
2016/12/22 Trading standards for eggs and measures against bird flu
2015/03/31 Collecting lapwing eggs
2014/11/03 Eggs from battery cages on the European market
2016/01/21 Taxpayers money to Italian gangs?
2016/01/21 Contaminated food, Campania
2015/04/16 Breeders' exemption
2016/07/13 Field margins
2015/03/31 'Green' artificial fertilisers
2014/12/22 Authorisation of GM crops
2015/07/29 Public consultation exercise under REFIT on the Wild Birds and Habitats Directives
2014/08/12 Commissioner Damanaki's blog

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