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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
Partito Democratico
Magic Circle
Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector Member emis
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Transport and Tourism Substitute tran
Agriculture and Rural Development Substitute agri

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/10/18 Indiscriminate fishing of sea cucumbers in the Mediterranean Sea
2014/12/16 The Mediterranean diet, part of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage of humanity
2016/05/10 Emission measurements in the automotive sector
2016/02/23 Protection of human rights: the case of Italian family assistants
2015/12/15 Excise duties on goods for consumption in business-to-consumer transactions (Directive 2008/118/EC)
2014/11/20 Competitiveness of the EU steel industry
2016/09/20 Volkswagen scandal - compensating European consumers
2014/11/12 Request for clarification and information on the current state of air pollution and asbestos contamination in Sicily
2016/12/01 Parallel market in medicines - monitoring and penalties
2016/10/12 Discrimination against Italian nationals at schools in the United Kingdom
2015/12/07 Counterfeit olive oil and imports from Tunisia
2014/11/27 Recognition of geographic indications on the internet - negotiations with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
2015/03/19 Xylella fastidiosa crisis
2014/12/16 To build a sustainable European food system
2016/09/07 Commission requests for information from type-approval authorities
2015/04/13 Ban on the import of plant species in France
2014/12/18 Transcription of same-sex marriages in Italy
2015/04/09 Misuse of public funds by the Campania regional executive for the Campania 2007-2013 ERDF Regional Operational Programme communication campaign
2015/02/23 Acts of vandalism in the city of Rome by Dutch hooligans
2014/11/26 Proportionality principle and public gaming sector
2016/05/19 Refusal to grant asylum to 3000 unaccompanied minors
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2015/01/08 Implementing the Youth Employment Initiative (Youth Guarantee) and the EU reference framework
2016/02/15 Flexibility margins correlated to emergency immigration situation
2015/10/06 Italian law on offshore drilling, and the European Union's strategic energy targets
2014/12/22 Asbestos in the European Union