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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 Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Transport and Tourism Member tran
Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector Substitute emis
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Substitute imco



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/09/29 Rail ticket pricing
2015/06/30 Driving insurance - 'No claims discounts' refusals
2016/04/27 The development of autonomous vehicles
2016/01/14 Autonomous driving
2016/10/13 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/10/12 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/08/19 Intellectual property and enforcement
2016/06/16 Postal statistics
2015/12/16 TEN-T Traffic Management Systems - Operation Stack
2015/05/30 Self-service systems and removal of passenger and consumer choice
2015/01/30 Passenger ship safety
2014/12/17 Pedestrians' safety
2014/11/20 Safety for cyclists - improvements to cycling infrastructure
2016/11/29 Container losses at sea
2016/07/21 Call for a limitation of abusive fees charged for cross-border intra-EU phone calls and SMSs in the upcoming review of the telecoms framework
2016/05/30 Public procurement in the transport sector
2016/02/25 Bus drivers' working hours on routes under 50 km
2015/07/21 2014 Connecting European Facility (CEF) Transport Calls
2015/02/27 Occupational accidents suffered by commercial drivers
2014/09/30 Sleeper trains
2015/12/08 European Agency for Road Transport
2015/10/29 Environmental criteria in guidelines for state aid to ports
2015/04/08 Call for a European Year on Tourism
2015/02/24 European Aviation Safety Agency - environmental budget
2014/09/05 Internships and apprenticeships at the European institutions
2016/09/30 Passports
2015/11/26 A fair single market for books
2015/03/17 CXL duty on sugar imports
2015/03/17 New distortion in the EU sugar market
2016/10/31 Online services from traders whose main base is outside the EU
2016/03/30 Protecting consumer rights when buying products online
2016/02/29 Rights of disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility
2016/01/29 Road vehicle transport services for private passengers
2015/03/31 Educational services within CETA and TTIP
2014/09/16 Accessibility of transport services for people with disabilities and reduced mobility
2015/12/21 Measures to enhance railway security in Europe
2014/12/18 Housing in the EU
2014/10/23 Access to justice for consumers
2016/12/22 Wheelchair accessible vehicles - conversion and emissions
2016/09/07 Commission requests for information from type-approval authorities
2016/07/25 Counterfeit electrical goods
2014/10/20 Royal Mail

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