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For example: if my dataset contains (A, B), but does not contain (B, A). Then the algorithm may generate the rule A -> B, but will not generate the rule B -> A.

Is there an association rules algorithm, or variation of an algorithm, that respects the order of items in this manner?

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I think you might be looking for a sequential pattern mining algorithm, such as apriori all.

Agrawal, Rakesh, and Ramakrishnan Srikant. "Mining sequential patterns." Data Engineering, 1995. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on. IEEE, 1995.

Implementation of many current algorithms for mining sequential patterns are available in SPMF.

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