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A benefit-of-the-doubt model with reverse indicators

Rolf Färe, Giannis Karagiannis, Maryam Hasannasab and Dimitris Margaritis

European Journal of Operational Research, 2019, vol. 278, issue 2, 394-400

Abstract: Recognizing the popularity of healthier food options, we reformulate the diet problem as a linear optimization program with desirable and undesirable food nutrients. We then show how the dual formulation of this diet problem is equivalent to a new Benefit-of-the-Doubt (BoD) model with forward and reverse indicators and with a wide range of applications in the construction of composite indicators. As an illustration, we use the BoD model to construct a composite index of public health for 180 countries.

Keywords: Data envelopment analysis; Benefit-of-the-doubt; Diet problem; Health index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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