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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: 2017-01-31

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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Christen-Democratisch & Vlaams
Magic Circle
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Member pana
Economic and Monetary Affairs Member econ
Employment and Social Affairs Substitute empl
Agriculture and Rural Development Substitute agri

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2015/02/16 Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)
2015/02/16 Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)
2016/07/20 VAT on donations of food, clothing, etc.
2015/09/30 Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain
2015/06/30 Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
2017/09/27 Neutrality of airline reservation systems (GDS) and restriction of access to flight information
2017/09/18 Impact of electric pulse fishing on fish stocks in the southern North Sea
2017/03/13 Taxation of ports
2017/02/07 Brazilian anti-dumping case involving frozen potatoes
2016/04/25 European support for Flemish farmers with land in Belgium and France
2016/03/30 Discrimination with regard to the 'Número de Identificación de Extranjeros'
2015/09/30 Fair prices for farmers
2017/09/19 European homologation requirements for bicycle helmets
2017/01/27 Variation in provision from FEAD
2016/12/20 Visibility of European aid in the streetscape
2016/02/23 Possibility of a European ban on the production and sale of mink fur
2015/10/30 FEAD - Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived
2015/07/17 Review of the Timesharing Directive
2015/05/30 Comenius programme and its participants
2015/04/14 REFIT Birds Directive
2017/07/10 Road toll stickers (vignettes) in Europe
2016/12/20 Driving hours and rest periods for bus drivers
2016/12/20 Uniformity of road signs on European roads
2017/09/26 Minimum rates of excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages
2017/09/26 Minimum rates of excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages
2015/10/30 Voluntary agri-environmental measures under the CAP 2014-2020
2015/06/30 Multiple-entry Schengen visa applications for European Voluntary Service (EVS)
2015/05/30 Producer organisations in farming
2017/09/18 Free trade agreement negotiations with Australia
2017/02/14 Limits on recovery of surpluses of 'definitively taxed income'
2016/06/22 The cost of the Russian trade embargo for European and Belgian dairy cattle and pig farmers and fruit and vegetable growers