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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!


Europe of Nations and Freedom Group
Partij voor de Vrijheid
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Regional Development Member regi
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/10/12 PVV seeks clarification about a former Commissioner's questionable career move
2016/10/12 PVV seeks clarification about a former Commissioner's questionable career move
2014/09/01 Fishermen's anger with Commissioner
2016/01/12 Squandering of another billion euros by Brussels
2015/11/10 Dutch flatfish fleet entangled in Brussels regulations
2015/07/16 President of Rwanda - next dictator
2015/04/08 The EU's one billion euro handout to the Balkans
2014/09/05 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 investigation
2014/07/17 Dutch timber procurement criteria in relation to EU public procurement policy
2015/10/08 Wind turbines in or immediately adjacent to Natura 2000 areas
2015/05/06 Protecting Europe's heritage
2015/03/31 Europe's natural and necessary partnership with Russia for energy security
2015/03/31 Unreliability of our partnership with Ukraine
2014/11/14 TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States and risks to European designations of origin
2014/10/13 Attempt by Amsterdam to sweep under the carpet OLAF inquiry into dishonest practices by a mosque
2014/09/01 Wind farm madness in the United Kingdom
2014/07/17 Report that fires in wind turbines are ten times more common than supposed
2016/09/27 EU aid to Moldova: money down the drain
2016/09/13 EU aid to Moldova: money down the drain
2016/04/12 Approximately 32% turnout in the referendum in the Netherlands - 61% majority against
2016/04/12 Approximately 32% turnout in the referendum in the Netherlands - 61% majority against
2015/07/14 Embezzlement of taxpayers' money in Benin
2015/05/07 Development aid to Benin halted in response to fraud
2014/11/26 EU fines incurred by the Netherlands for failure to meet environmental objectives
2015/05/27 Extra EU aid for Central African Republic
2014/11/06 EUR 7 billion wrongly spent by the European Union
2014/09/26 EUR 2 billion for corrupt African regimes
2016/09/28 EU port subsidies often a waste of money
2016/05/31 Almost € 900 million in EU subsidies fraudulently obtained
2015/02/11 Lack of checks on EU subsidies
2015/02/05 Lack of indication of country of origin for products entering the EU from third countries
2016/03/09 While the people suffer, Mugabe parties
2015/09/02 EUR 234 million for "racist" Mugabe once again proves impossible to justify
2015/04/29 'Racist' Mugabe does not wish to see any white faces
2016/10/25 Explaining Juncker's spending spree on Luxembourg
2015/05/19 Massive slaughter of elephants in Tanzania
2015/03/17 Consumer information and labelling of meat originating from ritual slaughter
2015/02/25 EU's donation of EUR 234 m to Zimbabwe
2015/03/31 Is hormone-treated beef really a 'red line' the Commission will not cross?
2015/03/11 USD 12 000 a month salary is not enough for Mugabe
2014/09/03 Projected EU ban on high-energy hairdryers, smartphones and electric kettles
2016/11/10 Empirical background of CETA - studies
2015/04/21 'Turkish airport eclipses west European airports'
2015/03/17 Use of EU funds to develop airports

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