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Methods based on data envelopment analysis for deriving group priorities in analytic hierarchy process

Petra Grošelj (), Špela Pezdevšek Malovrh () and Lidija Zadnik Stirn ()

Central European Journal of Operations Research, 2011, vol. 19, issue 3, 267-284

Abstract: In recent years, group decision making has become one of the important issues in multiple criteria decision making, and analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is considered an appropriate method when dealing with this kind of problems. Many different approaches for attaining a group valuation in AHP have been developed. The applications most commonly employ the weighted geometric mean method. In the paper, we focus on the group AHP methods, which are based on the data envelopment analysis (DEA). First we discuss two methods for deriving a group priority vector: Wang and Chin’s DEA group method and Hosseinian et al.’s DEA-WDGD. Further, we propose a new WGMDEA method and compare all three methods with the WGMM on theoretical examples and on a real case study. The objective of the case study is to examine the current state of forest owners’ cooperatives. An analysis of the influence of forest owners’ cooperatives on private forest management in Slovenia was put forward. The A’WOT analysis, which is a combined method of AHP and SWOT analysis, an approach for identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the object under consideration, was performed. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2011

Keywords: Multiple criteria decision making; Group decision making; Analytic hierarchy process; Data envelopment analysis; Forest owners’ cooperatives; A’WOT analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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