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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!

Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei
Magic Circle
Human Rights Member droi
Security and Defence Member sede
Foreign Affairs Member afet
International Trade Substitute inta

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/02/03 International status of Western Sahara under international and EU law
2017/02/03 EU health and food safety inspections in Western Sahara
2017/02/01 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - governments that allow genetically modified food are violating human rights
2015/04/20 Falun Gong human rights abuses and organ harvesting
2014/12/22 Need for protection of social rights
2017/08/30 VP/HR - Measures to stop refugees from Africa
2017/02/03 Military presence of Morocco in Western Sahara
2017/02/03 Legality of EU fishing in Western Sahara under the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement
2017/02/03 Increased EU fishing in Western Sahara under the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement
2017/02/03 EU funding to Moroccan projects in Western Sahara under the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement
2017/02/03 EU fishing in Western Sahara waters under the EU-Morocco Fishing Agreement
2017/02/03 Western Sahara and EU-Morocco negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)
2016/02/25 German beer contaminated with glyphosate
2017/02/03 VP/HR - European companies investing in Western Sahara
2017/02/03 Western Sahara and the decision of the European Court of Justice on EU-Morocco relations
2016/11/17 Dolphinaria in the European Union
2016/05/04 Diabetes research
2015/10/07 VP/HR - European Parliament resolution on armed drones
2015/06/02 VP/HR - Israeli military training in the occupied Palestinian territory
2016/10/28 New method for calculating dumping margins after 11 December 2016
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Israel's separation wall in Palestine: legality of EU funding of security firm Elbit
2015/06/02 Islamic State's recruitment activities on social media, with specific regard to Twitter
2016/01/15 Situation in Poland - next steps
2015/12/09 Mass livestock farming: a breeding ground for multi-drug-resistant microbes
2017/08/30 Inception Impact Assessments
2016/01/12 VP/HR - Case of Kamal Foroughi
2015/06/29 VP/HR - Planned and ongoing arms transfers by Member States to Egypt after July 2013 and compliance with the eight criteria of Common Position 2008/944/CFSP and paragraph 8 of Foreign Affairs Council decision of 21 August 2013
2015/04/17 VP/HR - League of Arab States Liaison Office in Malta
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
2015/02/16 Illegal trade in Barbary macaques
2015/12/09 Killing of 28 Muslims in Xinjiang, China
2015/10/07 VP/HR - EU policy on the death penalty after targeted killings by UK drones
2015/07/21 Drying up of Lake Urmia
2017/03/28 Global sustainable food production and working animals
2015/04/10 Animals as sentient beings
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Lack of EU reaction to Israel's settlements expansion