Data Envelopment Analysis for Decision Making

A special issue of Mathematics (ISSN 2227-7390). This special issue belongs to the section "Computational and Applied Mathematics".

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Department of Transportation Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan
Interests: economics; operational research; transportation; logistics performance evaluation; data envelopment analysis

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Department of Information Management, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan City, Taiwan
Interests: performance evaluation; data analysis; operational research; machine learning

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Department of Applied Economics, Fo Guang University, Yilan, Taiwan
Interests: performance evaluation; industrial economics; microeconomics

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Dear colleagues,

Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), initially developed by Charnes et al. (1978), is an optimization method of mathematical programming to generalize the Farrell (1957) single-input/single-output technical efficiency measure to the multiple-input/ multiple-output case by constructing a relative efficiency score as the ratio of a single virtual output to a single virtual input. Thus, DEA has become a new tool in operational research for measuring the technical efficiency of decision-making units.

Recently, DEA has been extended in both theoretical development and applications. We look forward to original analytical and empirical research using the DEA approaches with practical applications in various areas. Applications (including but not limited to) in finance, banking, healthcare, transportation, education, energy, environment, and more will be considered. New and improved models of DEA are encouraged. A Special Issue that compiles current research on the state of the art will benefit the DEA community.

Prof. Dr. Ming-Min Yu
Prof. Dr. Bo Hsiao
Dr. Li-Hsueh Chen
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • performance evaluation
  • technology gaps
  • benchmarking
  • allocation
  • reallocation
  • mobility
  • efficiency
  • decision making
  • productivity
  • data reduction
  • productivity
  • optimization
  • efficiency measurement
  • data analysis
  • bootstrapping
  • regression analysis
  • competition
  • multiple activities
  • network
  • dynamics
  • malmquist index
  • returns to scale
  • problem solving
  • data envelopment
  • mathematical programming
  • numerical model
  • sensitivity analysis
  • total factor productivity

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An Improved Inverse DEA for Assessing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability in OPEC Member Nations
by Kelvin K. Orisaremi, Felix T. S. Chan and Xiaowen Fu
Mathematics 2023, 11(23), 4861; https://doi.org/10.3390/math11234861 - 04 Dec 2023
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Economic growth is essential for nations endowed with natural resources as it reflects how well those resources are utilized in an efficient and sustainable way. For instance, OPEC member nations, which hold a large proportion of the world’s oil and gas reserves, may [...] Read more.
Economic growth is essential for nations endowed with natural resources as it reflects how well those resources are utilized in an efficient and sustainable way. For instance, OPEC member nations, which hold a large proportion of the world’s oil and gas reserves, may require a frequent evaluation of economic growth patterns to ensure that the natural resources are best used. For this purpose, this study proposes an inverse data envelopment analysis model for assessing the optimal increase in input resources required for economic growth among OPEC member nations. In this context, economic growth is reflected in the GDP per capita, taking into account possible environmental degradation. Such a model is applied to the selected OPEC member nations, which suggests that in terms of increasing the GDP per capita, only one member was able to achieve the best efficiency (i.e., reaching the efficiency frontier), resulting in a hierarchy or dominance within the sample countries. The analysis results further identify the economic growth potential for each member country. For the case of Indonesia, the analysis suggests that further economic growth may be achieved for Indonesia without additional input resources. This calls for diversification of the nation’s economy or investment in other input resources. In addition, the overall results indicated that each member nation could increase its GDP per capita while experiencing minimal environmental degradation. Our analysis not only benchmarks the growth efficiency of countries, but also identifies opportunities for more efficient and sustainable growth. Full article
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Data Envelopment Analysis Approaches for Multiperiod Two-Level Production and Distribution Planning Problems
by Tomohiro Hayashida, Ichiro Nishizaki, Shinya Sekizaki and Junya Okabe
Mathematics 2023, 11(21), 4492; https://doi.org/10.3390/math11214492 - 30 Oct 2023
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This paper deals with two-level production and distribution planning problems in supply chain management where the leader is a distributor and the follower is a manufacturer. Assuming that the distributor can observe the input–output data in the production process, we formulated the data [...] Read more.
This paper deals with two-level production and distribution planning problems in supply chain management where the leader is a distributor and the follower is a manufacturer. Assuming that the distributor can observe the input–output data in the production process, we formulated the data envelopment analysis (DEA) production problem corresponding to the production planning problem of the manufacturer. This paper proposes a novel data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach to solve a challenging multiperiod two-level production and distribution planning problem in supply chain management. The innovative idea behind the proposed approach is to allow the distributor to observe the input–output data regarding the production activities of the manufacturer, even if the distributor cannot fully comprehend all parameters of the manufacturer’s production cost minimization problem. This approach addresses the challenge of uncertain demands by employing a two-stage model with simple recourse and considering the usage of the input–output data. The paper demonstrates the validity of the proposed DEA approaches through computational experiments and discusses the accuracy, reliability, and importance of the input–output data. The proposed approach provides a practical and effective solution to the multiperiod two-level production and distribution planning problem in supply chain management, and can help decision-makers improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. The innovative idea of allowing the distributor to observe the input–output data about the production activities of the manufacturer is a significant contribution to the field of supply chain management and has the potential to advance the state of the art in this area. Full article
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