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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
Security and Defence Member sede
Foreign Affairs Member afet
International Trade Substitute inta



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/02/26 VP/HR - Falklands/Malvinas
2014/07/25 Possible distortion of the market in Dutch premier league football by the NOS broadcaster
2014/07/25 Adverse impact on border regions of differing national tax and excise regimes
2015/03/09 Total ban on the use of languages other than the official language of Bulgaria during election campaigns
2014/09/02 Proposal for the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office in the light of the yellow card procedure
2016/02/10 According to Europol at least 10 000 refugee children are missing
2016/02/10 According to Europol at least 10 000 refugee children are missing
2015/02/06 VP/HR - Addition of the so-called 'Donetsk People's Republic' and 'Lugansk People's Republic' to the EU list of proscribed terrorist organisations
2015/11/10 VP/HR - Arrest of Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of Yabloko
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Prosecution of war crimes in Syria
2015/02/11 VP/HR - Prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim, opposition leader in Malaysia
2014/09/11 VP/HR - Turkey's position on fighting IS
2015/05/20 VP/HR - Political crisis in Burundi
2014/12/16 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp
2014/12/16 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp
2015/05/13 VP/HR - Political situation in Macedonia
2015/06/02 EU-Russia relations
2015/04/28 Commissioner Moscovici's support for manifesto on EU economic governance
2014/12/17 VP/HR - Violence against Armenian MP Aram Manukyan
2015/07/13 VP/HR - Russian propaganda directed towards the EU

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