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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 Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Development Substitute deve



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/06/01 Infringement proceedings against the UK on the application of Free Movement Directive
2017/04/12 VP/HR - Detention and killings of allegedly gay men in Chechnya
2016/02/23 ETS - pressure put on other industries by aviation industry
2017/07/18 Fake food and public health
2017/07/18 CCTV in slaughterhouses
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt
2015/05/05 Protection of timeshare owners
2015/03/20 Roaming charges outside the EU imposed by EU network operators
2016/05/10 Emission measurements in the automotive sector
2016/02/25 Regulation on Multilateral Interchange Fees
2015/12/16 EU Timber Regulation
2015/01/05 Proposal for a regulation on conflict minerals (COM(2014)0111)
2014/09/30 A study on the benefits of daylight saving time
2017/07/14 Unpaid internships at the European Commission
2015/03/20 Formal proposal for amendment for consideration at the 27th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
2014/12/16 Naturalisation of investors in Cyprus
2014/10/17 Prosecution of war crimes in Burundi
2017/05/05 Respecting the EU citizenship rights of UK nationals in the EU
2017/02/03 Breaches of current freedom of movement rights of EU citizens residing in the UK and the use of six-month expulsions
2016/01/25 Harmonising marriage certificates in the EU
2015/08/04 Spring hunting in Malta and the vulnerable conservation status of turtle doves
2016/04/28 Prevention and early diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
2015/03/17 CXL duty on sugar imports
2015/03/17 New distortion in the EU sugar market
2015/09/03 Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive - objection to Commission's delegated act exempting cadmium in display and lighting applications

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