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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)
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Petitions Member peti
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Substitute pana

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/04/29 Support for a Europe-wide network for small animal breeding
2015/04/23 Intra-EU movement of sheep and goats intended for breeding
2015/02/16 Intra-Community movement of sheep and goats intended for breeding
2015/07/16 Damage to stone and soft fruit caused by the spread of the spotted-winged drosophilia fly
2015/04/24 Availability of pesticides in the European Union
2017/08/29 Revision of the Ceramics Directive
2017/02/09 Article 29 of Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing
2017/01/31 Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources
2015/07/21 Classification of crude tall oil in Annex IX to the revised Directive 2009/28/EC
2015/05/05 Classification of crude tall oil in Annex IX to the revised Directive 2009/28/EC
2014/10/28 Review of Annex IV to Directive 92/43/EEC to take account of the de facto favourable conservation status of the wolf
2016/03/09 Impact of the Nairobi WTO agreements on EU sugar market policy
2016/02/04 The existence of non-tariff barriers for food exporters on the internal EU market
2016/01/20 Future of the EU sugar market
2015/06/04 Future of the EU sugar market
2015/06/18 Protecting the best interests of the child (across borders) in Europe
2015/06/18 Protecting the best interest of the child across borders in Europe
2016/09/30 Discrepancies in the composition and quality of branded products in the single market
2016/07/18 Delay in authorisation of GM soybean products for import in the EU
2014/11/25 Cross-border effects of a wind farm at Horní Paseky, Czech Republic
2017/10/09 Granting of coupled payments in the sugar sector
2017/02/09 DG AGRI audits carried out by the Commission
2015/04/23 Greening and strawberry growing
2017/07/12 Practices related to biofuel incorporation obligation in some Member States
2015/08/17 Performance-based controls of the CAP
2015/03/24 Checking the greenhouse gas performance calculations for biofuels
2017/07/12 State of play in the infringement proceedings against Hungary in connection with the levying of the health tax on alcoholic beverages
2015/06/16 Judgement of the Higher Administrative Court of the State of Saxony-Anhalt of 6 March 2015 concerning the repayment of farming subsidies
2015/04/30 EU agricultural innovation systems
2017/07/03 Authorisation of plant protection products
2017/03/28 Review of the ban on using neonicotinoids in plant protection products
2016/09/14 Zonal authorisation of plant protection products