The Methods of Ranking based Super Efficiency

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Mathematics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


The science of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) evaluates the effectiveness of decision making units. But, one of the problems of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) is that, if the number of units with the same efficiency equal to one was more than one, then we couldn’t select the best between them. It means that, we can’t rank them. Therefore, the need for ranking these units is considered by the managers. Different methods were proposed in this context. Most of these methods are modeled by DEA models. Due to the variety of ranking methods in DEA, this paper will describe ranking methods which are based on super-efficiency. More precisely, we introduced methods that rank using elimination (removing) of decision making units under the evaluation of observations(set). These methods have some advantages and disadvantages such as, model feasibility or infeasibility, stability or instability, being linear or nonlinear, being radial or non-radial, existence or non- existence of bounded optimal solution in objective function, existence or non- existence of multiple optimal solution, non-extreme efficient units ranking, complexity or simplicity of computational processes, that in this paper, Super Efficiency methods are compared with these eight properties.


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