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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!


Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group
United Kingdom Independence Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Member femm
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Substitute libe



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/09/14 VP/HR - Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims
2017/01/30 Child adoption by same-sex couples
2016/08/31 Planned consequences of not accepting migrant quotas
2016/05/18 Follow-up question: child abuse in migrant centres
2016/03/17 Burka ban
2016/03/17 Missing refugee and migrant children
2016/01/28 Abuse in migrant centres
2015/09/29 Migrant numbers
2015/07/08 Child trafficking
2017/09/14 VP/HR - Nansen passports
2017/03/30 Follow-up question: EU-imposed agri-import tariffs
2016/11/23 Answer period
2016/11/23 Brexit negotiation period
2016/07/11 Forthcoming negotiations after Brexit
2016/06/30 Large-scale immigration and jobs
2016/05/18 Follow-up question: Austrian border closure
2016/02/25 Closure of Austrian border
2017/04/27 VAT on tampons
2016/06/30 Goods applicable for VAT return
2016/04/15 Fuel poverty in single-parent households
2016/03/01 Impact assessment on a legislative proposal
2016/02/25 Steel and SMEs
2015/12/10 VAT
2015/08/31 VAT Mini One-Stop Shop (MOSS) legislation
2014/12/10 VAT 'mini One-Stop Shop' (cross-border internet sales within the single market)
2017/07/26 Figures regarding the safety of women
2017/06/30 Turkey and women's rights
2017/03/30 Turkey and the Netherlands
2017/02/27 Worldwide day of zero tolerance for FGM
2017/01/30 EU quota for women in politics
2016/12/14 Turkey's threat to allow 3 million migrants to enter Europe
2016/11/23 Female rights in Dubai
2016/03/17 Fast-tracking Turkey
2015/12/15 Child brides in Turkey
2017/03/30 Follow-up question: EU military R&D funding
2016/12/14 Funding for proposed unified military structure
2016/10/24 Involvement of Member States in the IPA
2016/09/26 Female genital mutilation
2016/05/27 Reversal of the burden of proof
2015/12/02 Female genital mutilation in the Member States
2015/09/29 EU funding to Member States
2014/11/04 VAT for supplying digital services in Member States
2014/09/23 EU funding to East Midlands
2017/06/30 French leaseback properties
2017/04/10 VP/HR - Removal of the minimum age for marriage/consent in Bangladesh
2017/02/27 Gender pay gap within the EU institutions
2017/02/27 French distrust in EU governing mechanisms
2016/10/24 European Cloud
2016/09/26 European Strategy for Syria
2016/09/26 European Defence Fund
2016/06/30 Gender quotas
2016/04/15 Immigrant children separated from parents
2016/04/15 Energy policies
2016/03/17 Closer ties with Ukraine
2016/02/25 Renegotiation
2016/01/28 British-born children being taken into care away from their home regions
2015/11/30 Reducing regulatory burdens for small businesses
2015/10/13 Possible mechanisms of ensuring equal service
2015/09/29 Facts about the EU for British businesses and citizens
2015/07/08 Equal pay
2014/09/23 Federation of Small Businesses findings
2017/02/27 Danes becoming a minority in their communities
2016/09/26 Estimated number of migrants arriving within the next 12 months
2016/08/31 Exact number of migrants
2016/08/31 Funding the resettlement of migrants
2016/07/11 Estimate of number of migrants arriving in next 12 months
2016/05/18 Follow-up question on illegal economic migrants entering Europe
2016/02/25 Pig farming
2016/01/28 Illegal economic migrants entering Europe
2015/09/29 Post-settlement movement of migrants
2017/09/14 VP/HR - Situation Myanmar
2017/09/14 VP/HR - Ceasefire in Myanmar
2017/06/30 Compensating the victims of sexual harassment
2017/06/30 Femicide and sexual harassment
2017/03/30 Threat of holy war made by Mevlut Cavusoglu
2016/12/14 The Dame Louise Casey report
2016/12/14 Agricultural imports from developing nations
2016/10/24 Extreme sexual violence against refugee and Western women
2016/08/31 Sexual attacks on women and children related to migration levels into the EU
2016/04/15 Community-enforced language exclusion
2016/01/28 Interpol report on ISIS training camps
2016/01/28 Border control in response to the threat of IS training camps
2014/09/23 EU promise to cut red tape
2017/09/14 VP/HR - State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi
2017/07/26 Acid attacks
2017/04/10 Follow-up question: ex-colonial links with Africa
2017/04/10 Volkswagen emissions
2017/03/30 Follow-up question: mishandling of development funds
2017/01/30 Repeat of New Year's Eve attacks
2017/01/30 President Erdogan in office until 2029
2016/11/23 US President-elect
2016/11/23 Paris Climate Agreement
2016/10/24 Sanctions for misuse of funding from the Investment Plan for Africa (IPA)
2016/10/24 Investment Plan for Africa and the Neighbourhood
2016/07/11 UK representatives to be respected in Parliament
2016/02/04 International protection data
2015/09/29 SME's opinions on the UK's relationship with the EU
2015/07/08 Greek youth suicide rate
2015/07/08 Greek brain drain
2017/01/30 Contribution to inequality
2016/05/18 Follow-up question: Fears of rising violence on roads around Calais
2015/12/07 Fears of rising violence on roads around Calais

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