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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
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Agriculture and Rural Development Substitute agri



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/05/16 An EU ban on the movement of wild circus animals
2017/02/14 EU ban on the movement of wild circus animals
2016/03/22 Trade in animals leaving the EU
2015/03/18 Partial ban on neonicotinoids
2016/06/22 Sulfoxaflor insecticide
2015/12/18 Fitness check of the Birds and Habitats Directives
2015/02/27 Criminalisation of tribal people as poachers
2015/01/06 Aerial spraying of pesticides
2016/09/19 Hunting of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands
2016/05/11 EU Solidarity Fund payments to the UK
2015/12/09 Urgent need to reduce the impact of livestock on climate change
2014/10/23 Small hive beetle outbreak in Italy
2016/02/29 Food and Veterinary Office overview reports
2015/12/16 EU Timber Regulation
2014/09/05 Finch trapping in Malta
2016/02/29 Report on the implementation of the sustainable use of pesticides directive
2016/01/25 Harmonising marriage certificates in the EU
2015/02/25 Assessment of the choice of greening measures in England as regards ecological focus areas
2015/01/29 EU Zoos Directive Guidance and Best Practice Document
2016/02/29 General principles of integrated pest management in National Action Plans
2015/10/29 Action by the Commission to ensure implementation of pesticides legislation
2016/06/24 Current use of nenonicotinoid insecticides in the EU
2016/06/24 Current use of nenonicotinoid insecticides in the EU
2017/02/22 Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
2015/11/16 Carbon bubble
2015/03/19 Deforestation
2014/10/14 Support for ACP and LDC farmers in connection with the expiry of EU sugar quotas
2014/07/25 VAT on sanitary products
2016/04/08 Talking labels
2014/12/12 CAP reform implementation and expenditure decisions by Member States
2014/07/25 Action to tackle the refusal by Swiss firms to supply spare parts to clock- and watchmakers in the EU Member States
2017/04/11 Live animal transport outside the borders of the EU
2015/09/21 A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020
2014/07/25 European dimension to cross-border undercover police operations

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