Fraudulent activity associated with public procurement contracts accounts for losses of billions of eurosevery year . Analysts use network science methods to study the co-biding relationships between firms that participate in publictenders issued by the $184$ municipalities of the State of Cear\’a (Brazil) between 2015 and 2019 . They identify $22$ groups/communities of firms with similar patterns of procurement activity, defined by their geographic and activity scopes. The profiling of the communities allows us to highlight groupsthat are more susceptible to market manipulation and irregular activities. Ourwork reinforces the potential application of network analysis in policy tounfold the complex nature of relationships between market agents in a scenario of scarce data . Our

Author(s) : Marcos Lyra, António Curado, Bruno Damásio, Fernando Bação, Flávio L. Pinheiro

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Keywords : activity - procurement - network - relationships - communities -

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