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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
Česká strana sociálně demokratická
Czech Republic
Magic Circle
Industry, Research and Energy Member itre
Terrorism Substitute terr
Foreign Affairs Substitute afet
Budgetary Control Substitute cont



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/06/17 Promoting the role of women in combating radicalisation and violent extremism
2015/09/04 Protecting the EU's external borders - the Hungarian-Serbian border
2015/03/13 Rise of Islamist extremism near the EU's borders and the security risk posed by tensions in Libya
2015/02/12 VP/HR - Escalation of the Ukraine conflict and its implications for European security
2014/12/10 VP/HR - Self-determination and statehood in Western Sahara
2016/06/08 VP/HR - Sentencing of Kazakh journalist Guzyal Baidalinova
2015/11/26 Granting Market Economy Status to China
2015/09/02 EU conference of investors and donors to support Ukraine's economic development
2015/03/13 Rising anti-Muslim sentiment following the Charlie Hebdo attack
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
2017/06/02 Recognition of school study periods abroad
2016/06/24 EU-Ukraine poultry trade - Debate on raising quotas in revisions to the autonomous trade measures
2015/11/10 VP/HR - Special East StratCom Team
2015/11/10 Referendum on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) in the Netherlands
2015/05/13 Structural funds monitoring system
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2015/02/27 VP/HR - Torture in Saudi Arabia
2015/02/12 Binding character of JASPERS opinions on final decisions taken by the Commission
2015/11/10 VP/HR - Belarus - suspension of sanctions
2015/04/30 EU agricultural innovation systems
2015/01/21 Application of Directive 98/34/EC in respect of a regional building code
2017/01/06 Health risks related to consumption of vegetable oils, in particular palm oils
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
2017/06/26 Refoulement of Turkish nationals by the Greek authorities
2017/06/09 The EU Youth Guarantee Programme
2016/05/25 EU funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra
2016/05/24 Access to energy in Africa
2015/12/02 EU-Cuba cooperation and the resultant financial assistance
2016/11/30 Information to the SIS
2016/11/30 Information to EUROPOL
2016/11/30 Information to EURODAC
2016/10/31 Health inequalities between EU Member States
2015/11/10 EU budget - acknowledgment of solidarity among Member States
2015/09/02 VP/HR - Recent developments in the case of abducted Estonian citizen Eston Kohver
2015/01/29 Compliance of the German provisions on the minimum wage with European law
2015/01/05 Law on Public Safety
2017/03/10 Glyphosate
2016/12/07 Counterfeit and piracy goods, illicit commerce
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Prosecution of war crimes in Syria

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