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From a dataset that contains points of interest defined by type of object with four different features, I am trying to distinguish the features to perform different analysis. Thought I had to filter the four features but that doesn't seem to be the way to go to separate them.

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    Welcome to GIS.SE. Your question is a bit indifferent, some more specification would be useful so we could help you out easier. Currently it is not evident whether you are asking how to perform filter by, how to run operations on filtered features, or something else. – Erik Jan 9 at 12:21
  • The first thing to do I think is to separate your features. After you have done your filtering, you can right click on the layer in the legend and click "save as". It will create a new vector layer of your single feature. Then you can use buffer, intersection, union on them separately. – etrimaille Jan 9 at 12:27
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If I understand your question correctly (that you want to divide a layer into individual features) then you can use

Vector > Data Management > Split Vector Layer

This will divide it into individual features that you can perform separate analyses on.

Alternatively you could select one feature at a time and when performing your analysis just check the Selected Features Only box.

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