I have a data set and I want to examine an hypothesis in there and probably Network Analysis should prove or reject my theory.
I have a list of products and a group of people who give the product to each other. Anyone can sell it to another in any price he want (hopefully someone will buy it).
So, imagine a chain of products transfers between the people. Except the sell price, one will also take a percentage of the sale only of the next one who will re-sell the product. And also, if I sell for the first time a product, I will take a percentage forever for every sale.
A -> B -> C
Person A will take the money from sale to Person B. Person B will take the money of the sale to person C and Person A will take a percentage of this sale as the previous owner and the creator of the chain. If person C sell the product to someone else, only person B will take the previous percentage, but person A will take the percentage of the creator.
I believe that there are people that try to exploit the system and create small or bigger circles to take advantage of these percentages of next sales to "hide" themselves.
Is there any way to identify those people?