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Searching the Efficient Frontier in Data Envelopment Analysis


  • P. Korhonen


In this paper, we deal with the problem of searching the efficient frontier in Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Our aim is to show that the free aim approach developed to make a search on the efficient frontier in multiple objective programming can also be used in DEA. This kind of analysis is needed when among others a) a radial projection is not acceptable, b) there are restrictions on some input and output values, or c) a decision maker (DM) would like to make a decision making unit (DMU) with the most preferred input and output values. The search can be applied to CCR/BCC-models, input-oriented/output-oriented models, and to the models with extra constraints. To make a free search on the efficient frontier, we recommend the use of Pareto Race (Korhonen and Wallenius [1988]) for this purpose. In Pareto Race, the DM may simply control the search with some function keys. The information is displayed to the DM as bar graphs and in numeric form. The search can be terminated at any time, the DM wishes. A numerical example is used to illustrate the approach.

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  • P. Korhonen, 1997. "Searching the Efficient Frontier in Data Envelopment Analysis," Working Papers ir97079, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:wop:iasawp:ir97079

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    1. Per Agrell & Jørgen Tind, 2001. "A Dual Approach to Nonconvex Frontier Models," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 129-147, September.
    2. Jahanshahloo, G.R. & Shirzadi, A. & Mirdehghan, S.M., 2009. "Finding strong defining hyperplanes of PPS using multiplier form," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 194(3), pages 933-938, May.
    3. Pekka Korhonen & Sari Stenfors & Mikko Syrjänen, 2003. "Multiple Objective Approach as an Alternative to Radial Projection in DEA," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 20(3), pages 305-321, November.
    4. Jahanshahloo, G.R. & Hosseinzadeh Lotfi, F. & Zhiani Rezai, H. & Rezai Balf, F., 2007. "Finding strong defining hyperplanes of Production Possibility Set," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 177(1), pages 42-54, February.
    5. P. Korhonen & A. Siljamaeki & M. Soismaa, 1998. "Practical Aspects of Value Efficiency Analysis," Working Papers ir98042, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
    6. Giovanni Fraquelli & Piercarlo Frigero & Fulvio Sugliano, 2001. "Competitività E Divari Di Efficienza Nell'Industria Italiana," CERIS Working Paper 200101, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY -NOW- Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY.
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