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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
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Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2018/05/23 Impacts of austerity on local government and services
2017/12/14 Social media company response times for reviewing online hate speech and EU Commission's Code of Conduct
2017/12/14 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and UK Government
2017/12/14 UK requests for assistance from the EU Food Fraud Network
2018/06/13 Recommendation 2014/70/EU on fracking: further research studies and impact assessments
2018/05/24 Impact assessments: future EU/UK customs arrangements and automotive and aerospace industries
2018/05/24 Brexit impact assessments: medicines, pharmaceuticals and medical and healthcare products
2018/05/24 Light sensitivity and phasing-out of incandescent light bulbs
2018/02/28 Comedy industry (the economic impact thereof)
2017/12/14 Cost of moving European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam
2018/05/23 Veterans and homelessness
2017/12/07 Child poverty
2017/12/07 Rough sleeping and homelessness
2017/11/15 Unaccompanied child refugees in EU Member States
2018/05/23 Reducing food waste: 'use by' and 'best before' dates
2018/05/17 Food waste in EU buildings
2018/01/08 Unpaid internships at the Commission
2018/05/24 Ongoing monitoring action following the Fukushima nuclear plant accident
2018/02/06 European Investment Bank
2018/02/06 Epilepsy
2017/11/15 Pandemic control and UK withdrawal from the European Union
2017/11/15 Pet passports and UK withdrawal from European Union
2018/05/24 Support for employees with a terminal illness: Dying to Work EU campaign
2018/05/23 Air quality and asthma and respiratory diseases - children
2018/05/23 EU funding to support food poverty reduction programmes and foodbanks
2018/05/17 Sport in the East Midlands (UK)
2017/11/15 Funding and support for measures to address multi-drug resistant bacteria
2018/05/17 Derogations under Article 9 of the Drinking Water Directive 1998-2018
2018/05/17 Proposal for a recast of the Drinking Water Directive: water supplier definitions (Article 2)
2018/05/17 Drinking Water Directive recast proposal: BPA
2018/05/17 Properties in the EU without a fixed supply of drinking water
2018/06/13 EU Commission staff: zero-hours contracts
2017/12/07 Dyslexia
2017/11/15 Mental health and wellbeing training for EU institution staff
2017/11/08 Mental health stigma and discrimination
2017/11/08 Erasmus Programme
2017/12/04 EU funding for SMEs and new start-ups
2017/11/29 EHIC/E111 health insurance scheme
2018/05/24 Commission funding and programmes to tackle racism in football
2018/05/23 Tackling anti-Semitism in football: programmes supported by the Commission
2018/02/28 Lyme disease research
2017/11/15 EU public health research funding

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