Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis

Volume 71 of the series International Series in Operations Research & Management Science pp 1-39

Data Envelopment Analysis

History, Models and Interpretations
  • William W. CooperAffiliated withRed McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
  • , Lawrence M. SeifordAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • , Joe ZhuAffiliated withDepartment of Management, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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In a relatively short period of time Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) has grown into a powerful quantitative, analytical tool for measuring and evaluating performance. DEA has been successfully applied to a host of different types of entities engaged in a wide variety of activities in many contexts worldwide. This chapter discusses the fundamental DEA models and some of their extensions.

Key words

Data envelopment analysis (DEA) Efficiency Performance