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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: 2017-10-16

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
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Development Chair deve
Fisheries Substitute pech
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Substitute pana



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/09/23 Protection of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2015/01/05 VP/HR - Ongoing imprisonment in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
2016/06/28 Next steps towards attaining global goals and EU commitments on nutrition and food security in the world
2015/10/07 The EU role in global health - Programme for Action
2015/06/03 Industrially produced trans fatty acids (ITFAs) in food
2016/11/09 Access to energy in developing countries
2014/11/12 Child malnutrition in developing countries
2017/04/27 VP/HR - Resilience as a strategic priority of the external action of the EU
2017/04/27 Resilience as a strategic priority of the external action of the EU
2017/04/27 Resilience as a strategic priority of the external action of the EU
2016/06/28 Cooperation agreement with Philip Morris International (PMI)
2016/04/05 Attacks on hospitals and schools as violations of international humanitarian law
2015/03/17 Investments in Cape Verde and the Cotonou Agreement
2015/01/05 Proposal for a regulation on conflict minerals (COM(2014)0111)
2016/09/09 Tackling illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation - an EU agenda for action
2017/06/12 Minor interpellation - The EU's priorities for and engagement in the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
2015/04/09 EU Member States' commitment to Official Development Assistance (ODA)
2015/04/09 EU Member States' commitments to Official Development Assistance (ODA)
2017/01/25 Emergency aid for refugees in Greece
2015/11/18 Education for children in emergency situations and protracted crises
2014/11/03 VP/HR - threats against 120 human rights defenders in Colombia
2015/09/23 The renewal of the EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Development (GAP)
2015/09/23 The renewal of the EU Plan of Action on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Development (GAP)

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