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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
Partij van de Arbeid
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Member pana
Economic and Monetary Affairs Member econ
Industry, Research and Energy Substitute itre



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/06/28 Liquidation of Italian banks
2016/09/28 Accusations of embezzlement of European funds in Hungary
2016/03/03 Installation of glass fibre cables in remote areas
2015/06/18 Role of the EU in tackling corruption within FIFA
2015/04/22 Organisation and function of European Stability Mechanism
2017/02/16 Lack of skin-in-the-game for securitisation issuers
2016/12/07 Carbon stress tests
2015/11/03 TAXE Committee - 'confidential' code of conduct room documents
2015/10/07 Enforcement of the Air Quality Directive
2015/10/06 Source code for diesel tests
2015/11/06 Lobbying by the fossil fuel industry, in relation to the Commission
2014/10/31 Payment arrears under heading 1a
2015/08/25 Regulation of the KNP network by the Authority for Consumers and the Market (ACM) to promote competition on the Dutch telecommunications market
2015/02/05 EU VAT rules on electronic services (Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1042/2013 of 7 October 2013 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 282/2011)
2017/06/26 Refoulement of Turkish nationals by the Greek authorities
2015/01/30 Attitude of the Commission towards the binary options
2017/05/31 Curbing shareholder rights as protection against hostile corporate takeovers
2015/03/17 Product names of fruit juices
2014/11/12 'Lux Leaks' revelations
2016/07/25 Lacuna in supervision of the ECB by the Court of Auditors
2017/08/07 Complaint by the Spanish football league (La Liga) regarding the transfer system
2016/12/09 Commission plans to support defendants in Luxemburg Deltour case
2016/06/21 Progress on investigation into FIFPro complaint
2017/06/02 Recognition of school study periods abroad
2017/03/20 Flat tax for high-net-worth individuals in Italy
2017/02/28 EU list of tax havens: 0 % corporate tax rate regimes
2015/07/14 Measures taken by Greece to fight tax evasion and the Troika proposals of 26 June 2015
2014/10/30 Transparency in country-by-country reporting

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