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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: 2018-07-05

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
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Vice-Chair envi
EU authorisation procedure for pesticides Member pest
Budgets Substitute budg



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/10/11 Study by Policy Department A - 'Economic Aspects of the Regulatory Framework in the Area of Fertilisers'
2016/09/09 European solidarity and the fires in southern Europe
2015/07/22 Lack of transparency in the process of finalising the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) draft regulatory technical standards (RTS)
2015/06/02 Addressing energy poverty in Europe
2017/02/24 The correlation between Bisphenol A and diabetes
2016/05/04 Diabetes research
2015/03/18 Partial ban on neonicotinoids
2015/03/03 High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)
2015/01/20 Coca-Cola Iberian Partners' redundancy plan
2017/02/16 Reference document on best available techniques for large combustion plants (LCP BREF) (2)
2017/02/16 Reference document on best available techniques for large combustion plants (LCP BREF)
2016/06/24 Current use of nenonicotinoid insecticides in the EU
2016/06/24 Current use of nenonicotinoid insecticides in the EU
2018/01/29 Strategy for endocrine disruptors
2018/01/26 Non-toxic environment strategy
2016/04/06 Food labelling of whale meat from the Faroe Islands
2016/01/27 Chemical warfare agents (CWA) in the Baltic Sea
2015/12/01 Comprehensive strategy on missing and unaccompanied children
2015/09/09 The killing of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands
2017/03/10 Glyphosate
2016/07/14 Glyphosate - implementation and enforcement of the recommended restrictions
2016/03/18 Biased glyphosate residue levels in food
2016/06/30 Wind energy measures adopted in Poland
2016/04/19 Change of the investment environment for wind energy in Poland
2016/01/15 Situation in Poland - next steps
2018/04/12 EU Civil Protection Mechanism and rescEU
2016/11/21 Dual-quality foodstuffs
2016/06/22 Sulfoxaflor insecticide
2015/04/22 Breach of privacy on Facebook
2016/05/02 Risks to human health and the environment of using calcium cyanamide as a fertiliser
2015/04/16 Firefighting - smoke toxicity and occupational cancer
2016/02/29 Food and Veterinary Office overview reports
2015/06/03 Industrially produced trans fatty acids (ITFAs) in food
2015/05/26 Food security and the Global Crop Diversity Trust
2018/02/13 Illegal hunting of birds in the Mediterranean
2016/03/22 Trade in animals leaving the EU
2016/02/29 Report on the implementation of the sustainable use of pesticides directive
2016/02/29 General principles of integrated pest management in National Action Plans
2016/02/24 Forests
2016/02/02 Final conference: preparatory action on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture
2015/10/29 Action by the Commission to ensure implementation of pesticides legislation
2015/02/16 Illegal trade in Barbary macaques
2015/01/06 Aerial spraying of pesticides

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