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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!


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Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/05/26 Biocidal Products Regulation
2016/03/31 Impact of the Biocidal Products Regulation on SMEs
2016/02/17 Revision of Firearms Directive: definition of 'replica' and 'imitation firearm'
2016/02/17 Revision of Firearms Directive: impact assessment
2016/02/17 Revision of Firearms Directive: maximum certificate length
2016/02/17 Revision of Firearms Directive and .22 calibre semi-automatic rifles
2016/01/08 Revision of Firearms Directive and impact on historical re-enactment societies
2016/01/04 Firearms Directive revision and the use of sound moderators
2016/01/04 EU Water Framework Directive
2016/01/04 Firearms Directive revision and deactivated weapons
2015/11/30 Labelling of products produced in disputed territories of Israel
2015/06/25 Germany's failure to comply with EU airport security law
2015/06/25 Returns Directive - Domestic law
2015/06/01 EUCAP Nestor
2015/05/11 Whale products in EU ports
2015/11/30 Update on Turkey's accession to the European Union
2015/11/30 Turkey and the EU's response to the refugee crisis
2015/11/30 Turkey and the EU's response to the refugee crisis
2015/07/17 Austrian complaint about British state aid support for nuclear power
2015/07/17 Ornamental fish
2015/06/04 Amicus Curiae briefs
2015/06/04 Turkey's sanctions against the Vatican
2015/06/01 Protect and Provide Livelihoods in Lebanon project (PPLL)
2015/05/11 Endangered species and Chinese medicine
2015/01/28 Hayat Boumeddiene and Turkey
2015/01/09 Ebola aid first response
2015/01/09 London air ambulance
2015/01/09 Ebola aid
2014/11/24 Xenophobia in Turkey
2014/07/28 TTIP - Investor-State Dispute Mechanism
2016/03/31 Article 8 of the Lisbon Treaty
2015/06/25 International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
2014/11/24 Gibraltar customs checks
2014/11/13 Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty
2016/10/12 Farm antibiotics
2016/05/26 Animal testing
2015/07/17 Kosovo's failure to amend its Constitution
2015/06/25 Allocation of funding for cross-border cooperation
2015/06/25 Hydroelectric projects in Africa
2015/06/04 EU-wide corporation tax
2015/06/04 Turkey's sanctions against the EU and IPA funding
2015/06/04 FIFA World Cups 2018 and 2022
2015/06/01 Funding of agricultural projects in Azerbaijan
2015/06/01 Funding of agricultural projects in Georgia
2015/06/01 BBC funding and impartiality
2015/06/01 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
2015/06/01 FIFA corruption scandal
2015/06/01 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
2015/05/11 Cross-border traffic offences
2015/01/28 Armenian genocide and Turkey pre-accession funding
2014/12/09 VP/HR - Support for British ex-soldier
2014/08/04 Funding by region
2014/08/04 Failure criteria in EU-funded projects
2014/08/04 EU funding to the UN
2014/07/28 EU funding for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
2016/10/12 VP/HR - Nick Dunn
2016/03/31 VP/HR - Nick Dunn
2015/06/04 Migration NGOs in Latin America
2015/06/01 Somaliland police training course
2015/06/25 Taxation competences
2015/06/04 EU politicians banned from third countries
2015/06/04 Foreign dignitaries banned from EU
2015/01/28 Religious liberty
2015/01/28 Christian persecution in Nigeria
2015/01/28 Christian persecution in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries
2014/12/09 Review of golden handshakes
2014/11/24 ISIS assets
2014/11/13 Macrofinancial assistance to accession countries
2014/11/13 Macrofinancial assistance
2014/10/15 Bullfighting subsidies
2014/08/04 Carbon emissions - Brussels-Strasbourg travel
2014/07/28 QMV November 2014
2016/03/31 Dog welfare in Romania
2015/06/25 Hungary asylum changes
2015/06/04 Erasmus Mundus and IT
2014/12/03 Erasmus Students at Newcastle University
2014/12/03 Erasmus Students at Durham University
2014/12/03 Erasmus Students at Teesside University
2014/12/03 Erasmus Students at Sunderland University
2014/12/03 Erasmus Students at Northumbria University
2014/11/13 Court of Auditors recommendations
2016/10/12 Food packaging
2015/06/25 Commission President's call for a guaranteed minimum income scheme across the EU
2015/06/25 Arash Derambarsh's anti-food-waste campaign
2015/06/01 Youth unemployment in the Member States
2014/09/23 Committee of the Regions AD14 staff
2014/09/23 Council AD14 staff
2014/09/23 Committee of the Regions staff numbers
2014/09/23 EU staff redundancies 2
2014/09/23 EU staff redundancies
2016/03/31 Total UK contribution to EU budget
2016/01/04 European Union social media budget for 2016 and neutrality online
2015/11/30 Potential conflicts of interest in the UK EU referendum campaign
2015/10/30 Identifying militant groups in the EU and abroad
2015/07/17 Greek exit from the Eurozone
2015/06/25 Minting euro coins
2015/06/25 European system of national and regional accounts (ESA 1995)
2015/06/25 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - UNODC
2015/06/04 Leaving the European Convention on Human Rights
2015/06/04 Exclusion of non-nationals from voting in national elections and referendums
2015/06/01 Budget draft meeting for 2016 - Somalia
2015/06/01 EU delegation in Tehran
2015/06/01 European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)
2015/06/01 Lowering the voting age in EU-related referenda and elections
2015/05/11 Palm oil and orang-utans
2015/01/28 Political situation in Greece
2015/01/28 Legality of leaving the euro
2015/01/28 Euro in Greece
2015/01/28 VP/HR - Sikh political prisoners
2015/01/09 Gender-selective abortion
2014/12/09 Switzerland and the single market
2014/12/09 Norway's access to the single market
2014/11/24 Iran
2014/11/24 European Circular Economy Package
2014/11/24 VP/HR - Ghoncheh Ghavami
2014/11/13 Repeal of European Communities Act 1972
2014/10/15 Legality of withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights
2014/10/09 Working groups
2014/09/23 Impact on UK budget rebate of mobilisation of European Globalisation Adjustment Fund
2014/08/04 TTIP and the right to sue national governments
2016/02/29 Steel
2015/07/03 EU-Zimbabwe relations
2015/06/30 EU Coastal and Marine Policy - North East England
2015/06/25 Horizon 2020 - Projects in North-East England
2015/06/25 North-East England - Management of Horizon 2020
2015/06/01 Maritime regional capacity in the Horn of Africa
2015/06/01 Completion date for the Europa building
2015/05/11 Ivory trade regulations
2015/01/09 VAT mini one-stop shop (MOSS) rules
2015/01/09 Middle East and North Africa trade status
2014/12/09 Laogai trade
2014/10/15 Jean Monnet professors and Chairs in North East England
2014/10/09 Severance pay - EU commissioners
2014/09/23 Cyprus mortgage scam

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