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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 Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Partido Socialista
Magic Circle
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Member femm
Regional Development Member regi
Culture and Education Substitute cult
Human Rights Substitute droi

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2018/01/18 VP/HR - Italian arms exports to Saudi Arabia
2017/04/10 European emigrants in Venezuela
2016/08/31 Use of European financing to demolish buildings of historical importance in Funchal
2016/06/16 Use of European financing to demolish historical bridge in Funchal
2015/09/29 European Commission interference in the Portuguese election campaign
2017/03/01 Viktor Orbán's breaching of the EU's fundamental principles
2016/12/14 EU action in the face of the attacks on Aleppo
2016/06/30 Violence against foreign nationals resident in the UK
2016/04/20 Closing down of the special Outermost Regions Unit in the Commission
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2015/02/03 Flexibility in the Stability and Growth Pact - investment clause
2014/10/03 Defending geographical indications for wine in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement
2018/05/14 Child marriage in Bangladesh
2018/01/18 Humanitarian crisis in Yemen
2017/08/23 Portuguese publishing house practising gender discrimination in its children's books
2015/10/15 EMFF approval for Portugal
2015/09/17 Negative discrimination in schools
2015/06/08 Unfair labour practices in Asia shrimp farms
2015/01/29 Forcible recovery of unpaid tolls in Portugal
2014/12/08 Reference to Portugal in the Annual Growth Survey 2015: labour market reforms
2017/07/10 Detention of Idil Eser, director of Amnesty International Turkey
2017/06/12 Imprisonment of Taner Kiliç, Chair of Amnesty International Turkey
2016/10/12 Discriminatory comments about foreigners and using them as 'bargaining chips' for Brexit
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2017/12/20 Current situation in Venezuela deaths from malnutrition
2017/12/20 Situation for migrants at the Serbian border
2017/08/24 VP/HR - The situation in Venezuela
2014/12/22 Financial cuts to culture in Europe
2014/09/11 Exceptional compensatory measures to counteract the effects of Russia's veto
2014/09/11 Duration of exceptional compensatory measures to counteract the effects of Russia's veto
2018/05/25 VP/HR - Follow-up on the Council's conclusions on Myanmar of 26 February 2018 and its decision 2018/655
2017/03/07 VP/HR - Commission plans to cooperate with Libya on migration issues
2017/01/18 Conditions in refugee camps in Greece
2016/10/18 Termination of calls for ERDF funding applications under the 'Madeira 14-20' programme
2018/05/14 Implementation of Directive 1999/70/EC in Madeira
2018/03/02 Portuguese-Venezuelan immigrants in Madeira
2017/02/17 Cartel formation between airlines flying to Madeira --- TAP and easyJet
2015/11/05 Social mobility subsidy for Madeira residents travelling to Porto Santo
2018/02/27 Widows in Afghanistan
2017/04/12 Risk of the EU being seen as a digital colony of the USA
2015/02/25 VP/HR - Lajes Air Base
2018/05/24 The Philippines and its status as a GSP+ beneficiary
2017/03/15 Human rights violations in Hungary