Title: Agricultural performance evaluation by integrating fuzzy AHP and VIKOR methods

Authors: Hande Erdoğan Aktan; Pınar Kaya Samut

Addresses: Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration, Akdeniz University, Dumlupınar Boulevard, 07058 Campus, Antalya, Turkey ' Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration, Çankırı Karatekin University, İsmail Hakkı Karadayı Street, No.10, 18100, Downtown, Çankırı, Turkey

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the agricultural performance of the provinces of Turkey for 2009 according to the agricultural performance criteria by using a two-stage multi-criteria decision making methods. This study utilises fuzzy AHP in the first, to calculate the relative weights of criteria affecting the agricultural performance and in the second stage, the agricultural performances of the provinces were analysed by using VIKOR method. The choice of linguistic variables in determining the criteria weights and the use of these weights in VIKOR method rendered the study more realistic and reliable. Furthermore, the sensitivity analysis was performed in order to see the sensitivity of the proposed model to the changes in the υ weights.

Keywords: analytical hierarchy process; fuzzy AHP; provinces; decision sciences; two-stage MCDM; multicriteria decision making; VIKOR; sensitivity analysis; agriculture; agricultural performance; performance evaluation; Turkey.

DOI: 10.1504/IJADS.2013.056865

International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 2013 Vol.6 No.4, pp.324 - 344

Available online: 15 Sep 2013 *

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