Inverse Data Envelopment Analysis Model to Improve Efficiency by Increasing Outputs




Inverse data envelopment analysis (IDEA), Cost efficiency, Input estimation, Decision-making units (DMUs), Performance assessment


Inverse Data Envelopment Analysis (IDEA) has gained significant attention among researchers as an analytical tool for assessing efficiency. Estimating input values while ensuring cost efficiency through changes in output quantities is complex and sensitive. In contrast to conventional data envelopment analysis methods, IDEA enables the quantification of input/output variations resulting from output/input reductions or expansions while preserving the measurement efficiency level. This paper aims to introduce a novel approach for estimating input values by incrementally increasing the value of each output of decision-making units (DMUs) during the evaluation process, thereby maintaining or improving cost efficiency. By utilizing IDEA and manipulating the output values of the DMU under evaluation, the input values are estimated while ensuring constant or enhanced cost efficiency. A simple numerical example and a case study from a Turkish automotive company are presented to validate the proposed method. The obtained results demonstrate significant improvements and hold promising prospects, indicating the potential applicability of this approach to other similar problems and research areas.


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How to Cite

Yahyapour Shikhzahedi, M. T., Amirteimoori, A., Kordrostami, S., & Edalatpanah, S. A. (2024). Inverse Data Envelopment Analysis Model to Improve Efficiency by Increasing Outputs. Decision Making: Applications in Management and Engineering, 7(2), 1–14.