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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
Partido Socialista
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Fisheries Member pech

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/01/05 Impact of small hydroelectric power stations on the migration and reproduction of certain species of fish
2015/12/10 Concern about the increasing number of small hydropower plants in EU rivers
2015/06/08 Unfair labour practices in Asia shrimp farms
2015/05/20 Respect for human and labour rights in countries benefiting from GSP+
2015/05/08 Information on biomass levels that generate the maximum sustainable yield
2015/02/03 Flexibility in the Stability and Growth Pact - investment clause
2014/12/08 Reference to Portugal in the Annual Growth Survey 2015: labour market reforms
2018/05/24 The Philippines and its status as a GSP+ beneficiary
2016/06/07 2016 status of Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna
2016/10/07 Bigeye tuna and fish aggregating devices
2016/08/01 Influence of traffic-light food labelling on consumers' choices
2016/01/27 CAP mid-term review
2016/01/12 Consumer fraud in the labelling of fish in the EU
2014/12/17 Volume of EU fish stocks
2014/11/21 Mass use of fish aggregation devices
2017/01/10 The BEST Preparatory Action follow up
2016/04/20 Closing down of the special Outermost Regions Unit in the Commission
2015/05/21 Funding of the Alqueva Multipurpose Project
2015/04/09 Taking account of the specific circumstances of the outermost island regions in the Erasmus+ Programme
2018/05/24 Traceability of eel imports and exports in the EU
2014/11/21 Deep-Sea Research under Horizon 2020
2016/06/01 EMFF co-financing rates
2015/10/15 EMFF approval for Portugal
2015/09/04 Payments for milk production in Europe
2015/03/24 Energy: agreement on energy interconnections between Portugal, Spain and France
2017/12/05 EU-Mercosur trade negotiations and raw cane sugar
2017/04/12 Risk of the EU being seen as a digital colony of the USA
2016/05/26 EU ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics
2015/07/02 Total allowable catches and quotas in the EU North Western Waters
2016/07/18 Intensity of public aid under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
2016/07/04 Schemes to compensate for additional costs in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the ORs
2016/06/20 Financial support for the processing of fisheries and aquaculture products
2016/06/01 Progress towards BMSY in European fisheries
2015/09/29 European Commission interference in the Portuguese election campaign
2015/09/17 Origin labelling for European Union agricultural exports
2015/02/25 VP/HR - Lajes Air Base
2015/01/07 Presence and uniformity of environmental rules in EU fisheries agreements
2017/05/24 PCE/PEC - Recognition of citizenship rights of UK citizens in other EU Member States and agreement on non-UK EU citizens' rights in the UK
2016/06/30 Violence against foreign nationals resident in the UK
2015/02/27 VP/HR - Torture in Saudi Arabia
2015/09/09 The killing of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt
2014/11/14 Reducing fishing mortality for seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax)