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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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Křesťanská a demokratická unie - Československá strana lidová
Czech Republic
Magic Circle
Legal Affairs Chair juri
Transport and Tourism Substitute tran



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/01/13 Varying treatment of consumers in different Member States
2015/01/22 Residence of third-country nationals in EU/Schengen Member States following expiration of long-term residence permits
2014/10/09 Residence of third-country nationals in EU/Schengen Member States
2014/09/09 Freedom of religion
2016/10/31 EU reconstruction aid for Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew
2016/10/31 EU reconstruction aid to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew
2017/03/08 Anti-Jewish propaganda in the West Bank
2016/05/17 A regulation for an open, efficient and independent European Union administration
2016/03/10 Constitutional crisis in Poland
2015/11/18 Patents and plant breeders' rights
2015/07/13 VP/HR - Russian propaganda directed towards the EU
2015/02/19 Amending Regulation No 810/2009
2015/01/20 Commission's group of experts on the enforcement of intellectual property rights
2016/12/07 Commission's approval of Germany's revised plan to introduce a road toll
2016/05/24 Germany's law on minimum wage
2015/10/06 List of safe countries
2015/02/06 VP/HR - Addition of the so-called 'Donetsk People's Republic' and 'Lugansk People's Republic' to the EU list of proscribed terrorist organisations
2015/01/27 Overloading of goods vehicles in road transport
2017/03/15 Major interpellation - Differences in declarations, composition and taste of products in central/eastern and western markets of the EU
2015/11/12 VP/HR - Guidelines on labelling of Israeli settlement products
2015/03/31 Reduction in the scope of active substances in hop protection products
2015/02/19 Effectiveness of proposed Entry/Exit System
2015/02/27 VP/HR - Appointing an EU Special Representative for Ukraine
2014/10/09 Visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Ukraine
2014/09/09 Value-added tax
2015/03/03 Marrakesh Treaty on copyright exceptions for the visually impaired
2015/01/27 Extension of validity of French identity cards
2014/12/11 VP/HR - EEA Family Permit
2014/11/13 VP/HR - Diplomatic initiatives to save Asia Bibi
2015/09/25 Hearing on summer-time changes in Europe
2015/05/27 Hearing on summer-time changes in Europe
2016/02/15 Protecting the best interest of the child (across borders) in Europe
2016/02/15 Protecting the best interest of the child (across borders) in Europe
2015/05/28 Migrant workers in Qatar
2015/03/31 Discrimination of Christian minorities in refugee camps in the Middle East

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