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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!


European Conservatives and Reformists Group
Conservative Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
International Trade Substitute inta
Economic and Monetary Affairs Substitute econ



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/11/09 EU aid spending in the Sudan
2016/09/21 VP/HR - Situation of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam members in Sri Lanka
2016/09/06 VP/HR - Demolitions in Sabastiya, northern Palestinian West Bank
2016/09/05 Enforcement of intellectual property rights in Ireland
2016/02/01 London Olympic Stadium
2015/08/24 Impact of 'right to be forgotten' upon free speech and the search engine market
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/04/24 Charge being levied in France on foreign property owners
2017/05/16 VP/HR - Killings of LGBTI people in Chechnya
2017/05/16 Otter cull in Lower Austria
2017/01/26 VP/HR - The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Rabwah
2016/06/20 Turkish border guard shootings
2014/11/18 Attack on Dan Adamescu and threats to fundamental rights in Romania
2017/05/16 CSG Tax
2017/05/16 French leaseback
2016/11/21 So-called 'link tax'
2016/07/04 Late Payments Directive
2016/05/18 French legal problems
2015/01/21 German tax authority
2017/09/11 Spanish mortgages with a 'cláusula suelo'
2016/11/28 Concerns about copyright fees in the Digital Single Market
2015/12/22 International financial reporting standards
2015/04/24 Jordan's discontinued recognition of the EU CE mark for certain healthcare devices
2015/04/24 Misleading nature of EPC ratings
2015/03/11 Unfair business-to-business commercial practices
2015/03/05 Polish Ministry of the Environment
2017/02/27 VP/HR - Ethiopian opposition leader
2017/02/23 European Space Agency
2014/09/24 Dilgam Ahmadov and Shahbaz Quliyev
2017/06/15 VP/HR - Egyptian Coptic Christians
2015/01/12 Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
2014/12/08 Breaches of the human rights of children with disabilities
2014/07/24 Bus casualties
2016/09/05 Burka ban
2016/07/18 Oil spillages and destruction of land and waterways in Ogbogene, North Nigeria
2016/07/04 Yulin Dog-Eating Festival
2016/04/29 VP/HR - Destruction of Christian sites in Palestine
2014/11/21 Vehicle cover
2016/06/20 Thames Water Tideway Tunnel
2016/02/25 Paramjeet Singh
2015/09/30 Thames Tideway Tunnel
2015/03/11 Visas
2015/03/05 Traditional own resources
2015/01/12 Sugar cane
2014/12/04 VAT mini One-Stop Shop
2016/04/29 VP/HR - Case of Kamal Foroughi
2015/03/11 CARS 2020

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