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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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Partido Popular
Magic Circle
EU authorisation procedure for pesticides Member pest
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Industry, Research and Energy Substitute itre

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/10/21 New plant-safety rules imposed by Canada
2016/09/28 Shipping of mercury to Switzerland
2016/09/28 Storage of mercury
2016/09/28 Data on mercury
2016/07/18 Storage of mercury
2018/06/11 Protection of wolves in the Habitats Directive
2018/01/16 Protection of the 'Queso Manchego' designation of origin in the EU-Mexico agreement
2016/04/14 Containing the bluetongue outbreak
2017/11/29 European Medicines Agency
2016/02/16 Combating pests with products for minor uses
2014/12/16 Endocrine disruptors
2018/06/15 US duties on table olives
2018/01/11 Tariff imposed by the USA on Spanish black table olives
2017/07/18 US trade measures against Spanish olives
2017/07/14 French farmers dump Spanish fruit in front of the Spanish Consulate-General in Perpignan
2016/04/06 Dumping of Spanish wine in France
2016/10/26 Checks on lemon imports from Turkey
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2016/06/21 Proposed changes to the annexes to Directive 2000/29/EC on plant health
2015/11/04 Tomato imports
2015/11/04 Quotas for olive oil from Tunisia
2016/11/15 Cases of Xylella fastidiosa in Spain
2016/05/03 Organic farming in Castilla la Mancha
2018/05/16 Impact assessments under the EU-Mercosur agreement
2018/02/20 Electric cars and the energy transition in the Balearic Islands
2018/02/15 Citrus fruit in the EU-Mercosur agreement
2016/05/03 Free trade agreement negotiations with Mercosur
2016/12/09 Situation in the EU sheep meat sector
2016/09/28 Fraud in the mercury sector
2016/07/18 Fraud in the mercury sector
2016/04/28 Measures for the fruit and vegetable sector
2016/07/18 Embargo against transporting stone fruits through Russia
2016/07/18 Effects of Brexit on agriculture
2016/05/12 Judgment of the Court of Justice