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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!

European Conservatives and Reformists Group
Magic Circle
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Member libe
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Substitute imco

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/04/27 Promoting the development of an automation‐ and robotics-based new economy as an alternative to greater legal migration
2016/01/25 Revision of the Geneva Convention relating to Refugees and amendment of the Qualification Directive
2016/12/13 Revising the legal basis for family reunification in international law
2015/04/22 Safeguarding the free movement of goods
2017/01/24 Penalties for NGO operations to rescue irregular immigrants at sea
2015/12/03 Responsibility of the State of first arrival for considering asylum applications, and exclusion from the Schengen area of countries which fail to control the Schengen external borders
2017/10/19 Proportionality and fitness for purpose of action to prevent hate speech and fake news.
2017/03/21 Review of partnership between EU Member States and Turkey
2016/04/06 Preventing Islamist radicalism and terrorism in Europe
2016/02/25 Restricting asylum-seekers' freedom of movement and taking greater numbers into custody to maintain internal security and law and order
2017/10/03 VP/HR - Pakistan and the harbouring of terrorists
2016/10/11 Applying ethnic profiling to prevent Islamic terrorism
2016/09/07 Introduction of integration agreements for third-country nationals and extension of voluntary return programmes
2015/11/16 Supporting the integration of third country nationals by amending the Family Reunification Directive
2015/10/15 Freedom of movement and circumvention of national legislation on immigration by means of family reunification for third-country nationals
2017/07/11 Preventing human beings from being smuggled across the Mediterranean with the assistance of NGOs