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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
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Constitutional Affairs Member afco
Fisheries Member pech
Economic and Monetary Affairs Substitute econ



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2018/05/25 Blasphemy laws in Pakistan
2015/08/31 Implications of the US Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the ratification of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
2015/01/23 New Zealand free trade agreement
2014/11/06 Cape Verdean investment
2015/03/03 Framework Programme 7
2014/12/04 Sanctions imposed by international sports federations in respect of non-authorised sporting events
2014/12/03 Seventh framework programme (FP7) funding for Israeli projects
2014/11/12 ECB stress tests - accounting standards
2015/09/15 Whaling in the Faroe Islands
2015/09/11 Faroe Islands exports
2014/11/06 Van hire tariffs
2016/09/13 Sea bass measures - Council Regulation (EU) 2016/72 of 22 January 2016
2015/12/15 Illegal coastal fishing in Somalia
2015/06/04 Fishing mortality
2015/01/22 Dutch electric fishing
2017/09/08 Atlantic salmon
2015/12/07 Revision of daylight saving time
2015/05/12 Impact assessment on the statute for a European mutual society
2015/03/03 CE marking
2015/02/05 Council use of impact assessments
2015/01/28 European Semester and falling energy prices
2015/01/22 PCE/PEC - Written questions to the President of the European Council
2017/11/22 VP/HR - The forced disappearance of Pakistani human rights defender Mohammad Nawaz Atta
2017/04/26 EU funds for the December 2015 floods in Yorkshire
2016/09/22 Fisheries
2015/11/06 Recreational fisheries and the CFP
2015/05/21 Common Fisheries Policy reform evaluation
2015/05/21 Commission fisheries visits
2017/11/28 The Brexit referendum campaign and Russian interference
2017/09/06 Personal data use in UK referendum
2016/01/12 Consumer fraud in the labelling of fish in the EU
2015/02/05 Commission Work Plan
2014/11/12 Follow-up to study on revenue-neutral method of reducing unemployment
2018/05/25 VP/HR - Follow-up on the Council's conclusions on Myanmar of 26 February 2018 and its decision 2018/655
2015/06/08 Unfair labour practices in Asia shrimp farms
2014/12/01 Ecclestone court case
2014/10/23 Small hive beetle outbreak in Italy
2017/09/07 Undermining financial fair play and infringing on fair competition
2016/01/25 Scallop dredging
2015/07/08 Directory scams
2015/03/05 Financial Fair Play Regulations

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