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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!


Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy
Czech Republic
Magic Circle
Legal Affairs Member juri
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Member imco



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/10/19 Status of the infringement procedure against France and Germany regarding a minimum wage
2016/10/17 Draft Directive 2010/13/EU on the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities
2016/09/29 Directive 2004/113/EC on the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services
2016/06/01 Amendment to Directive 96/71/EC of 16 December 1996 concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services
2016/06/15 Land grabbing
2015/09/17 Improving relations with the Russian Federation
2014/09/04 EU sanctions against the Russian Federation and conclusions of the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines tragedy and the Odesa clashes
2016/11/11 VP/HR - Internally displaced persons in Ukraine
2016/10/17 EU policies and actions to protect children in the context of migration
2016/09/26 Marrakesh Treaty for visually impaired persons
2015/12/01 VP/HR - The Eastern Partnership policy and the situation in Ukraine
2015/09/29 Migration from Ukraine
2015/01/30 VP/HR - Organ harvesting in eastern Ukraine
2014/09/09 Investigation into the crash of flight MH-17 in Ukraine
2016/10/13 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/10/12 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/04/19 Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)
2016/12/16 E-health system
2016/10/17 Switch between summer and winter time
2015/04/09 End of the common position on Cuba
2016/06/02 Reconfirmation of the mandate for TTIP negotiations
2016/05/25 EU funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra
2016/03/15 Directive of the European Parliament and the Council amending Council Directive 91/447/EEC on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons
2016/02/29 Thalidomide
2015/12/03 Moldova and the Petrenko case
2015/10/15 VP/HR - How does the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy plan to improve relations with Russia?
2015/10/07 Council Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation and the mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation
2015/11/30 Relations with Turkey after recent incidents
2016/12/20 Impact of EU digitalisation on the job market
2016/02/04 The existence of non-tariff barriers for food exporters on the internal EU market
2016/10/04 Access to medicines
2016/04/08 Parallel re-export of medicines from Member States
2017/01/09 Accommodating foreign trade concerns regarding the new criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors
2016/06/01 Protection of consumers on online platforms and in the sharing economy
2016/05/31 Commission President's mandate to attend economic forum in Saint Petersburg
2016/04/06 Nazi war veteran march in Latvia

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