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A distance-based measure of super efficiency in data envelopment analysis: an application to gas companies

  • Alireza Amirteimoori


  • Sohrab Kordrostami
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    Conventional data envelopment analysis (DEA) assists decision makers in distinguishing between efficient and inefficient decision making units (DMUs) in a homogeneous group. Standard DEA models can not provide more information about efficient units. Super-efficiency DEA models can be used in ranking the performance of efficient DMUs and overcome this obstacle. Because of the possible infeasibility, the use of super efficiency models has been restricted. This research proposes a methodology to determine a distance-based measure of super-efficiency. The proposed methodology overcomes the infeasibility problem of the existing ranking methodologies. The applicability of the proposed model is illustrated in the context of the analysis of gas companies’ performance. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2012

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Global Optimization.

    Volume (Year): 54 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (September)
    Pages: 117-128

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:jglopt:v:54:y:2012:i:1:p:117-128
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