how to generate combination through specific matrix dimension?
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Roger Stafford on 23 Feb 2018
As James has stated, your question is not clear. I'm going to make a very wild guess as to your meaning. If it is wrong, as is likely, perhaps the method I show will give you some ideas of how you can achieve what you actually want.
Let your original 128x128x20x8 matrix be called A. Let the matrix you want to create be called B. I will suppose that your pairings in the 4th dimension of A are 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8. You then want to take all possible combinations of two pairs out of these four: 1,2,3,4 then 1,2,5,6 then 1,2,7,8, then 3,4,5,6 and so forth. This will give you a size of 4*6 = 24 at the fourth dimension.
C = nchoosek(1:2:7,2); % Choose 2 out of 4
n = size(C,1); % n = 4!/2!/2! = 6 in this case
B = repmat(zeros(size(A)),1,1,1,n/2); % B will have size 8*6/2=24 at 4th dimension
for ix = 1:n
B(:,:,:,4*ix-3:4*ix) = A(:,:,:,[C(ix,1),C(ix,1)+1,C(ix,2),C(ix,2)+1]);