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Title: Multiple criteria data envelopment analysis for full ranking units associated to environment impact assessment
Authors: Zhao, MY
Cheng, C
Chau, KW 
Li, G
Keywords: Multiple criteria data envelopment analysis
Qualitative method
Environment impact assessment
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Inderscience
Source: International journal of environment and pollution, 2006, v. 28, no. 3/4, p. 448-464 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of environment and pollution 
Abstract: The importance of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of large development projects is increasingly underlined. Usually, EIA involves a lot of qualitative and quantitative criteria. Data envelopment analysis (DEA), an effective method that is used to rank and select the best alternative from a set of alternatives, is not tailored to address qualitative criteria, thus rendering the application to multiple criteria problems not amenable. This paper presents a new methodology of multiple criteria data envelopment analysis (MCDEA), which can address both qualitative and quantitative criteria. MCDEA is divided into two stages for fully ranking units and each unit has multiple inputs and outputs. In the first stage, a qualitative method is applied to compare the qualitative performance of alternatives. Then, MCDEA is used to rank the alternatives by considering the relative membership degree of qualitative factors as one of the quantitative data. A case study on the selection of dam location illustrates the effectiveness of the proposed methodology.
ISSN: 0957-4352 (print)
1741-5101 (online)
DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2006.011222
Rights: Copyright © 2006 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. The journal web page at:
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