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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 Greens/European Free Alliance
Green Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Transport and Tourism Member tran
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/06/16 Key objectives for the CITES CoP17 meeting in Johannesburg (South Africa)
2016/06/16 Key objectives for the CITES CoP17 meeting in Johannesburg (South Africa)
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2016/12/21 Export of live farm animals to third countries
2016/06/16 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2016/02/11 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2015/11/05 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2015/06/02 VP/HR - Israeli military training in the occupied Palestinian territory
2014/11/28 Labelling of Israeli settlement products
2014/11/28 VP/HR - Labelling of Israeli settlement products
2016/09/28 EU funding to the United Kingdom
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Israel's separation wall in Palestine: legality of EU funding of security firm Elbit
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Lack of EU reaction to Israel's settlements expansion
2016/02/04 Engagement with the business community on human rights in Israel and Palestine
2015/08/04 VP/HR - Situation of human rights in Bahrain and case of Nabeel Rajab
2015/08/03 VP/HR - Wave of mass detentions of lawyers and human rights activists in China
2015/06/03 Industrially produced trans fatty acids (ITFAs) in food
2014/11/17 Decision to increase Greenland's whaling quota
2016/11/16 Measures to prevent animal testing of ingredients used in cosmetics / REACH
2015/09/21 A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020
2015/03/25 Infant formula and follow-on formula
2015/02/11 Animals used to test ingredients used in cosmetics
2016/01/13 Solar energy and VAT in the UK
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2015/11/11 UK Renewable Energy Targets 2020
2015/07/27 Renewable generators facing unfair competition in the UK
2015/04/09 Commission recommendations to the UK on housing
2015/03/24 VP/HR - Netanyahu's rejection of a two-state solution
2014/10/14 Residential institutions in the EU
2014/07/29 Consumer choice and fair competition in the IT sector
2016/12/21 Climate change and meat consumption
2015/12/09 Urgent need to reduce the impact of livestock on climate change
2015/10/02 Distortion of the market by confusing meat and dairy labels
2015/04/28 Radiation risks and health hazards of hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
2015/04/22 Shale gas R&D projects financed by the Horizon 2020 programme
2014/12/09 Impact of new VAT rules on small businesses supplying digital services
2016/10/27 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism and other forms of intolerance
2016/10/27 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism and other forms of intolerance
2015/01/20 Cetaceans in captivity in the EU
2016/10/17 Switch between summer and winter time
2016/07/12 Assessment of the Zoos Directive
2015/06/11 Progress in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
2015/01/14 England's use of European Structural and Investment Funds and its obligations under Directive 2001/42/EC, the Aarhus Convention and Article 5 of Common Provisions Regulation No 1303/2013
2014/12/01 Commission guidelines on compliance with Directive 2008/120/EC laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs
2014/07/29 Follow-up to Written Question E-002894 on 'Implementation of EU guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities for EU grants, prizes and financial instruments'
2016/01/21 Foie gras: follow-up to written question P-13307/15
2015/09/30 Follow-up question on French definition of 'foie gras'

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