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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 712194, 16 pages
Research Article

The DEA and Intuitionistic Fuzzy TOPSIS Approach to Departments' Performances: A Pilot Study

Department of Industrial Engineering, Atılım University, P.O. Box 06836, İncek, Ankara, Turkey

Received 7 August 2011; Accepted 5 October 2011

Academic Editor: Hui-Shen Shen

Copyright © 2011 Babak Daneshvar Rouyendegh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper processes a unification of Fuzzy TOPSIS and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to select the units with most efficiency. This research is a two-stage model designed to fully rank the organizational alternatives, where each alternative has multiple inputs and outputs. First, the alternative evaluation problem is formulated by Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and separately formulates each pair of units. In the second stage, we use the opinion of experts to be applied into a model of group Decision-Making (DM) called the Intuitionistic Fuzzy TOPSIS (IFT) method. The results of both methods are then multiplied to obtain the results. DEA and Intuitionistic Fuzzy TOPSIS ranking do not replace the DEA classification model; rather, it furthers the analysis by providing full ranking in the DEA context for all units by aggregate individual opinions of decision makers for rating the importance of criteria and alternatives.