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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
Partido Comunista Português
Magic Circle
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Vice-Chair femm
Employment and Social Affairs Member empl
Transport and Tourism Substitute tran

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/06/19 Fires in central Portugal - municipality of Pedrógão Grande and neighbouring municipalities, district of Leiria
2017/03/24 Invasion of Syrian airspace by the Israeli air force
2016/10/31 Refugees dying in the Mediterranean and the authorities' approach to search and rescue
2016/10/31 Situation in Libya
2016/09/30 Massacre in Caarapó and the murder of Guarani-Kaiowá indigenous leader Clodiodi de Souza
2016/09/02 Free school textbooks in compulsory education
2016/06/06 Escalating death toll among refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean
2016/05/31 VP/HR - Human rights violations in Ukraine and lack of progress regarding the Odessa massacre
2016/04/29 VP/HR - Death of activists in Colombia at the hands of paramilitaries
2016/04/11 Killing of Palestinians by Israeli military forces
2016/02/29 -Commission staff working document - Country Report for Portugal of 26 February 2016
2016/02/02 Military intervention in Libya
2016/10/31 Earthquakes in Italy and urgent rapid response and prevention measures
2016/10/31 Earthquakes in Italy and urgent rapid response and prevention measures
2016/03/31 Special protection measures for the outermost regions in relation to TTIP
2016/11/30 Worsening conditions for refugees in camps on Greek islands
2016/09/02 Situation of temporary call centre workers
2016/05/31 VP/HR - Current illegitimate government of Brazil
2016/05/31 VP/HR - Situation in Venezuela
2016/04/29 Situation of refugees held at borders and in detention camps
2016/03/31 Worsening conditions for refugees in Greece
2016/02/19 10 000 children missing in the tide of refugees
2016/11/30 Children who have disappeared from the Calais refugee camp
2016/11/30 VP/HR - Peace process in Colombia and recent attacks and assassinations
2016/10/31 1 500 unaccompanied children in Calais
2016/10/20 Threats and blackmail in the CETA negotiations
2016/03/31 Repelling of, and attacks on, refugee boats in the Aegean Sea
2016/03/31 VP/HR - Colombia peace process
2017/07/14 Renewal of public service concession for the provision of aviation services between Porto Santo and Madeira
2017/01/09 Accommodating foreign trade concerns regarding the new criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors
2016/09/02 Fraud involving IEFP traineeships
2016/08/01 Supply of arms to the conflict in Syria
2016/04/29 Job insecurity in call centres
2016/03/31 Use of community funds for vocational training
2016/03/31 Posting of workers from the Renault plant in Cacia, Aveiro, to the company's factory in Cléon, France
2016/02/19 Classification of glyphosate as a non-carcinogenic substance
2017/05/23 Ruling by the General Court of the European Union on the Commission's decision of 10 September 2014 to refuse to register the European Citizens' Initiative 'STOP TTIP'
2017/04/18 Amarsul's application to the Sustainability and Resource Use Efficiency Operational Programme (POSEUR)
2017/03/28 Mr Dijsselbloem's remarks on what caused the economic crisis in southern Europe
2017/03/15 Outbreak of cholera in Mozambique
2017/02/03 VP/HR - European companies investing in Western Sahara
2016/11/28 Access for disadvantaged communities to the European volunteering programme
2016/11/28 Cuts in the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived
2016/10/19 Dismissal of workers by MSC/Medlog in Turkey
2016/09/30 VP/HR - Deteriorating state of health of Mumia Abu-Jamal and denial of access to medical treatment
2016/08/01 Turkey's decision to suspend the European Convention on Human Rights
2016/04/29 Use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data
2016/04/20 Humanitarian aid for Ecuador in light of the recent earthquake
2016/03/31 Open access to scientific publications
2016/12/14 Support for new rehousing project in Portugal
2016/11/29 Support for EMEF
2016/08/01 Support for Ria Formosa nurserymen and decontamination of the lagoon system
2016/08/01 Support for maritime activity in Fuseta and the Ria Formosa region
2016/08/01 Plan to demolish homes in Ria Formosa
2017/06/20 Restrictions on air traffic controllers' freedom of organisation and freedom to strike
2016/04/29 VP/HR - On the hunger strike by Sahrawi activists
2016/02/23 VP/HR - Hunger strike by the Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq
2016/11/29 Aid for transport links for depressed regions with low levels of development
2016/11/29 Support for depressed regions with low levels of development
2016/10/31 Volkswagen emissions scandal
2017/05/31 VP/HR - Trial of Sahrawi political prisoners from Gdeim Izik
2017/03/15 Discrimination against Portuguese nationals in registering as Italian residents
2016/10/31 On the common position and embargo on Cuba
2016/09/02 Payment of overtime for nurses
2016/05/31 VP/HR - Increased political repression in Colombia and the case of Klaus Zapata
2016/04/08 VP/HR - Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba