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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: 2018-07-05

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)
Christen Democratisch Appèl
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Terrorism Vice-Chair terr
Employment and Social Affairs Member empl
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Substitute libe



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/11/18 European Commissioner Timmermans on the involvement of the Gülen movement in the attempted coup in Turkey
2016/11/18 European Commissioner Timmermans on the involvement of the Gülen movement in the attempted coup in Turkey
2018/02/06 Composition of the European Commission
2017/07/14 Unpaid internships at the European Commission
2015/01/13 MH 17 air disaster and Ukrainian airspace security
2018/04/23 Migration situation at the Greek land border with Turkey
2017/06/30 Visa liberalisation for Georgia
2015/02/25 Improving cross-border information exchanges on drugs dumping
2014/10/27 Patients' rights with regard to cross-border care
2015/04/10 Distance learning for children of travelling parents
2015/04/10 Distance learning for children of travelling parents
2016/01/25 Good governance in sport
2015/11/24 Unilateral denunciation of EU-Pakistan repatriation agreement
2014/10/17 VP/HR - Death sentence handed down to Asia Bibi in Pakistan
2015/06/16 EIOPA stress tests for pension funds
2015/04/10 Introduction of a European stadium ban
2015/01/30 Relationship between Directive 2013/48/EU and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
2018/05/08 Loophole on poultry imports from Ukraine
2015/03/17 Mandatory environmental impact assessment for wind farms in border regions
2016/09/02 The Netherlands EU Presidency conference 'Living well with(out) dementia'
2015/02/24 Definition of the term 'continuation of the crisis'
2018/04/09 PCE/PEC - Transparency of political decision-making within the EU
2018/03/22 Indexation practices regarding family benefits in certain Member States
2015/04/10 Income criteria for footballers from outside the EEA
2016/12/06 Buying Dutch train tickets online
2016/11/30 Leak of Europol files from the Dutch police
2016/11/24 Deteriorating safety culture at Doel and Tihange nuclear power plants
2016/01/25 Preventing and combating match fixing
2015/01/30 Eurojust communication strategy

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