This seems like it should be fairly simple, but have been having quite a bit of trouble. I am no expert in ArcGIS for Desktop

I have: one layer of points, and 4 polygons, which partly overlap

I can select points based on a polygon, however what I want to do is:

I would like to add 4 columns to the points attributes table (to export), with 1s and 0s of whether the point falls inside or outside each of the polygons separately. Is that possible?


You can add a column to the attribute table of the polygons and have it contain a 1 for all records in the table. Then, split the polygon layer to four individual shape files. Next, conduct a spatial join between your points layer and these four new layers with the parameter for the join set to "within". Its a bit roundabout but all the points falling within the polygons should have a "1" listed in a separate column for each polygon. That is how I would attempt a project like this on QGIS, which is what I currently use, but in the past I have used ESRI and don't see that there should be much difference in process between the two.

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