Choosing weights from alternative optimal solutions of dual multiplier models in DEA. (English) Zbl 1114.90401

Summary: We propose a two-step procedure to be used for the selection of the weights that we obtain from the multiplier model in a DEA efficiency analysis. It is well known that optimal solutions of the envelopment formulation for extreme efficient units are often highly degenerate and, consequently, have alternate optima for the weights. Different optimal weights may then be obtained depending, for instance, on the software used. The idea behind the procedure we present is to explore the set of alternate optima in order to help make a choice of optimal weights. The selection of weights for a given extreme efficient point is connected with the dimension of the efficient facets of the frontier. Our approach makes it possible to select the weights associated with the facets of higher dimension that this unit generates and, in particular, it selects those weights associated with a full dimensional efficient facet (FDEF) if any. In this sense the weights provided by our procedure will have the maximum support from the production possibility set. We also look for weights that maximize the relative value of the inputs and outputs included in the efficiency analysis in a sense to be described in this article.


90B50 Management decision making, including multiple objectives
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