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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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Fine Gael Party
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/11/14 Television programmes in other Member States
2016/09/30 Health benefits for children brought up on farms
2016/04/29 Use of diclofenac in Member States
2016/01/29 Evacuation drills in the health sector
2015/12/14 Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing (JAMHWB)
2015/06/29 Potential acquisition in the agrichemical sector
2015/05/22 Regulations on live exports of sheep
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/01/12 Organic farming
2016/12/19 Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan
2016/09/30 EU response to use of the death penalty in Pakistan
2016/08/31 Self-driving cars and taxis
2016/05/04 Alliances between distributors at national and European levels
2016/02/25 Indoor air pollution
2016/01/29 Disposal of residue ash from smokeless fuel
2016/01/12 Public transport passes for persons with disabilities
2015/09/29 Rights of European citizens with disabilities
2015/06/02 End of the European Studies Programme
2015/05/12 Use of European Structural and Investment Funds
2015/02/10 Small hive beetle threat to European apiculture
2017/01/06 Health risks related to consumption of vegetable oils, in particular palm oils
2016/09/30 Risks associated with button batteries
2016/09/02 Health risks related to consumption of vegetable oil, in particular palm oil
2016/06/03 Health risks related to the consumption of vegetable oils, and in particular palm oils
2016/02/23 Equestrian helmet standard
2016/01/29 Health risks associated with artificial sweeteners
2015/02/23 Alcohol-related harm
2016/08/31 Misdiagnosis of heart attacks
2016/06/30 Attacks on environmentalists in Latin America
2016/05/31 EU open science initiative
2016/01/29 Outbreak of Zika virus
2015/11/03 Obesity
2015/05/20 Combatting vine wood diseases
2015/03/09 Reopening of disused railway stations
2015/03/05 Adverse events linked to use of medicines
2015/03/03 Farm inspections
2015/01/14 Farm fatalities and farm safety
2016/05/31 Increase in cases of scarlet fever in Europe
2016/03/31 Europe-wide security measures
2016/02/29 Urban beekeeping
2015/10/26 EU framework for the Young Child Formula (YCF)
2015/09/03 Consumer interest in ITFA
2015/06/18 Protecting the best interests of the child (across borders) in Europe
2015/06/18 Protecting the best interest of the child across borders in Europe
2016/10/31 Renewable energy in Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)
2016/08/31 Defibrillator tax
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
2015/12/17 Electromobility in the EU
2015/11/30 Harvesting of mussels in Ballisodare Bay, County Sligo
2015/11/30 Renewable energy subsidies in cross-border regions
2015/07/22 DEHP exemption
2015/06/12 Seat pitch on commercial aircraft
2015/05/22 Wetland habitats in the EU
2016/09/30 Concerns over children's exposure to online gambling
2016/04/29 Retailer brands
2016/02/04 The existence of non-tariff barriers for food exporters on the internal EU market
2015/12/07 Restriction of data from wearable devices
2015/11/30 Housing supply in the EU
2015/09/09 Irish concerns over the collapse of Setanta Insurance Company Ltd.
2015/09/09 Tobacco industry use of Codentify
2015/07/06 Purchase of medicinal products online
2015/07/02 Veterinary medicinal product concerns
2015/06/03 Industrially produced trans fatty acids (ITFAs) in food
2015/04/30 Market concentration in fertiliser industry
2015/04/21 IgG food intolerance tests
2015/02/11 Competitiveness of EU farmers at risk owing to reduced availability of pesticides
2015/02/06 Age profile of farmers
2015/01/15 Food supply chain
2015/01/14 Erasmus
2014/10/14 Residential institutions in the EU
2016/10/31 Closure of Calais camp
2016/07/29 Threats to independent scientists at EFSA
2016/07/28 Consumer protection following the liquidation of Enterprise Insurance
2016/07/28 Risks of Irish and British people taking metamizole
2016/06/01 Hard water
2016/05/18 Car insurance
2015/11/27 Irish legislation on 'car clocking'
2015/06/29 HPV vaccine Gardasil
2015/04/30 Exclusion of miscanthus from greening legislation
2015/04/15 Article 4 of the Machinery Directive
2015/03/31 Guidelines on animal DNA testing
2015/03/30 EU Type Approval Legislation regarding mountain rescue vehicles
2015/02/23 Irish pigmeat recall scheme
2015/01/15 Redistributive payment for the first hectares
2016/02/29 Thalidomide
2016/02/04 Thalidomide
2016/11/24 Disinformation on social media
2016/10/31 Obstacles to the right of free movement in Ireland
2016/09/30 Ageing and the Sustainable Development Goals
2016/06/30 Honey - labelling of country of origin
2016/06/30 Hand sanitisers
2016/04/29 Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA & IPA II)
2016/03/31 Portion sizes
2016/03/09 Media pluralism in Ireland
2016/02/25 Insect repellents containing active ingredient DEET
2015/12/15 Flood relief efforts in Ireland
2015/05/26 EU funding figures for Ireland
2015/05/18 Impact of lamb labelling on the island of Ireland