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Selecting overlapping polygons (or work-around based on points)

Question asked by cnavis on Mar 14, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 16, 2016 by MidnightYell2003

Here's my situation: I have a map with >2000 points. I want to buffer all of these points to a radius of 0.8km and then run other functions to calculate info about those circles. The problem is that the majority of those circles overlap with one or numerous other circles. (And the tools I want to use don't handle overlapping polygons well-- trust me, I've looked into that one thoroughly already.)


So what I'm hoping to do is separate out these observations into separate layers that contain non-overlapping polygons, so I can run the needed calculations on each layer separately.
- I don't want to select just the overlapping portions of the polygons; I need to be able to export the polygons, complete, into a new layer
- Dissolving the polygons into a single layer won't work-- each point is an observation that I need to calculate unique data for
- Ideally, I'd like to find a way to select only one of the overlaps-- because, for example, if two circles overlap, exporting them both to a new layer doesn't immediately solve my issue of having overlaps in the new layer (I'd have to do a lot of manual sorting through)


The work-around mentioned is that I can buffer the points either before or after sorting them into separate layers. If there is a way to achieve the similar goal (separating out layers so that each contains points that are at least 1.6km distant from each other) that would certainly work as well.


Hoping someone has an idea of what I can try?? Thanks!!


I am using ArcMap for desktop, 10.x