Advanced segmentation allows you to include visits that meet a specific set of criteria. This may sound similar to creating a filter, however there are fundamental differences in the way filters and advanced segments act on your data.
|Advanced segments act on historical data.||Filtered profile will act only on the traffic going forward.|
|Advanced segments produce immidiate results, you don't have to wait for your results to show.||You have to wait for your results to check if the filter is applied properly.|
|Advanced segments are portable i.e. they are available across all of your accounts and profiles.||Filters are account and profile specific.|
|Advanced segments do not alter your data permanently.||Filters permanently affect the data coming in a profile.|
|You can compare up to four advanced segments side by side in your reports.||Filtered profiles can only be viewed one at a time.|