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Function handle for combinations of calculations

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Baium
Baium on 8 Oct 2019
Edited: Matt J on 8 Oct 2019
Hello,
I am trying to create (a) function handle(s) that support every possible combination of addition and subtraction among the specified variables.
Assume we have @(a, b, x, y, z), an exemplary subset of all possible combinations would be:
a - (b + x + y + z)
z - (a + b + x + y)
x - (a + b + y + z)
(x + a + z) - (b + y)
(z + a + b + y) - x
(a + b) - (x + y + z)
... (and many more)
As you can tell the combinations should solely support addition and subtraction, with any possible number of elements on either side of the equation.
Can anyone guide me through the function calls that would support this? I have thought of using either perms or combnk and use 1s and -1s so as to apply "weights" and use a simple addition instead, with the sign of each weight dictating the addition/subtraction, but I am not entirely sure how to process this.
Any help will be appreciated

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Matt J
Matt J on 8 Oct 2019
Edited: Matt J on 8 Oct 2019
One way:
N=5;
[G{1:N}]=ndgrid([-1,1]);
G=reshape(cat(N+1,G{:}) , [],N);
and now the combinations are given by
G*[a;b;x;y;z]

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