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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!


Europe of Nations and Freedom Group
Partij voor de Vrijheid
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Member femm
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Member libe
Transport and Tourism Substitute tran



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/05/06 Protecting Europe's heritage
2015/04/17 Muslims drown Christians en route to Italy
2015/02/04 Anti-rumour project to improve the image of immigrants
2015/06/02 Serious damage caused to the transport industry by illegal aliens
2015/02/27 Influx of illegal immigrants from Kosovo
2015/01/20 Illegal immigrants causing massive fines for Dutch transport sector
2016/09/09 Free debit cards for migrants in Turkey
2015/05/18 EU - United Arab Emirates: visa-free travel
2015/04/23 Terrible suffering caused to animals by the export of livestock to Gaza
2015/02/05 Lack of indication of country of origin for products entering the EU from third countries
2015/01/05 Foreign fighters
2014/11/14 TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States and risks to European designations of origin
2015/07/14 UNICEF's selectiveness in investigating female genital mutilation (FGM)
2014/10/30 Tasks of Frontex
2014/10/30 Frontex pushback operations
2015/04/21 'Turkish airport eclipses west European airports'
2015/03/17 Use of EU funds to develop airports
2014/12/12 Political statements of the President of the European Court of Justice
2014/09/12 Judgment given by the Court of Justice concerning freedom to provide services in the case of Essent v the Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs
2015/03/31 Europe's natural and necessary partnership with Russia for energy security
2015/03/31 Unreliability of our partnership with Ukraine
2014/12/08 Norwegian Air International
2015/03/31 Is hormone-treated beef really a 'red line' the Commission will not cross?
2015/02/02 More than 4 000 IS terrorists have entered the EU as 'asylum seekers'
2014/10/06 ISIS terrorists in refugee camps
2014/09/05 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 investigation
2015/03/17 Consumer information and labelling of meat originating from ritual slaughter
2014/09/01 Statement by Commissioner Malmström of 24 August 2014 on immigrant boat sinking off the coast of Libya

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