Non-parametric efficiency estimation using Richardson-Lucy blind deconvolution

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  • Xiaofeng Dai

Research units

  • Jiangnan University
  • Aalto University


We propose a non-parametric, three-stage strategy for efficiency estimation in which the Richardson-Lucy blind deconvolution algorithm is used to identify firm-specific inefficiencies from the residuals corrected for the expected inefficiency The performance of the proposed algorithm is evaluated against the method of moments under 16 scenarios assuming mu = 0. The results show that the Richardson-Lucy blind deconvolution method does not generate null or zero values due to wrong skewness or low kurtosis of inefficiency distribution, that it is insensitive to the distributional assumptions, and that it is robust to data noise levels and heteroscedasticity. We apply the Richardson-Lucy blind deconvolution method to Finnish electricity distribution network data sets, and we provide estimates for efficiencies that are otherwise inestimable when using the method of moments and correct ranks of firms with similar efficiency scores. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. and Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO) within the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS). All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-739
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Stochastic frontier estimation, Richardson-Lucy blind deconvolution, Efficiency estimation, Nonparametric, DENSITY-ESTIMATION, IMAGE-RESTORATION, UNIFYING APPROACH, FRONTIER MODELS, ERROR, VARIANCE, CONVEX

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