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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!


Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group
United Kingdom Independence Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Member imco



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2018/06/08 South African expropriation of land without compensation
2018/05/23 Bulgarian holiday homes
2018/01/29 North Korea aid
2017/12/05 Ukraine and its forgotten war in the Donbass region
2017/12/04 Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula
2017/11/02 Ukraine ENP Partner
2017/11/02 Forest fires - EU Aid
2017/07/21 Refugees or reservists
2015/01/27 Germany's Interstate Treaty on Gambling
2018/06/07 Insurance for off-road vehicles and equipment
2018/04/12 NGO rescue ships in the Mediterranean
2018/02/01 Cooperation between CSDP and JHA agencies
2017/09/28 Commission use of 'soft law'
2017/09/07 Use of duty paid red diesel in UK pleasure craft
2017/07/30 Consumer confidence in integrity of free range egg production - avian flu housing restrictions
2017/02/27 Brexit payment
2016/09/20 Brexit negotiations
2016/07/18 Democracy in action
2015/04/13 Spread of tuberculosis in the UK
2015/04/09 Export market access for EU dairy produce
2015/01/19 Oxford University secondment anomalies
2015/01/13 Enrofloxacin and the consumption of shelled and unshelled eggs
2017/07/21 Economic migrants
2017/06/13 Erasmus
2016/01/25 Migrants
2018/01/30 Turkey and the Syrian campaign
2017/07/20 Turkey as the 28th EU Member State
2017/01/06 Currency control
2016/11/22 VP/HR - Russia's Satan 2 Stealth ICBM
2016/09/19 Turkey, EU membership and refugee control
2016/02/10 Impact of Russian embargo
2015/11/05 Kurds and Turkey
2015/06/15 The EU and control of the internet
2015/02/11 Communication encryption
2014/11/10 Commission control over security and defence assets
2018/04/17 Indian identity system - Aadhaar
2018/01/29 Water pollution in Sri Lanka
2017/12/05 Georgia and the EU
2017/02/17 VP/HR - Sudanese court ruling
2017/01/06 Common market focus
2016/01/25 Waste Water Directive and septic tanks
2015/10/07 Secrecy of 'trilogue' procedures
2015/08/25 VAT MOSS centralised collection system
2015/07/27 Educational bias in Pakistani schools
2015/06/15 Destruction of migrant smugglers' vessels
2017/09/28 Fedex takeover of TNT
2017/06/19 FedEx takeover of TNT
2016/11/28 Funding of EU military forces
2016/11/24 Structure of an EU military force
2016/11/24 The EU's military
2018/04/11 EU-Morocco Frontex agreement
2017/04/12 EU/Mercosur trade agreement
2017/02/17 Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGN)
2016/09/19 Calais immigrant camp
2016/07/25 Port Services Regulation
2016/07/18 Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)
2015/10/12 Proposal for a regulation on official controls - 2013/0140
2014/11/10 Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
2017/10/18 EU Federalisation
2017/07/21 Visegrad direction
2017/03/16 Abuse of workers in Sicily
2017/01/18 EU migrant workers
2015/10/28 EU-US data sharing
2015/09/21 Neonicotinoids and the Bee Guidance Document
2015/07/14 Bee numbers
2015/02/25 Europol
2015/01/14 Unfair car rental practices
2018/04/25 The EU Galileo project
2018/04/11 The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa
2018/04/06 Pakistan and its expulsion of NGOs
2018/04/05 Pakistan GSP+ meetings
2018/03/15 VP/HR - Saudi Arabia and nuclear weapons
2017/10/18 Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+)
2017/09/28 Organic chicken derogations
2017/06/01 Coastal erosion
2016/03/16 European Arrest Warrant
2015/11/25 ISIS and rockets
2014/11/10 Progress of the ITER project

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