Returns the minimum value in the expression.
MIN ( [ ALL | DISTINCT ] expression )
Applies the aggregate function to all values. ALL is the default.
Specifies that each unique value is considered. DISTINCT is not meaningful with MIN and is available for SQL-92 compatibility only.
Is a constant, column name, or function, and any combination of arithmetic, bitwise, and string operators. MIN can be used with numeric, char, varchar, or datetime columns, but not with bit columns. Aggregate functions and subqueries are not permitted.
Returns a value same as expression.
Important Distinct aggregates, for example AVG(DISTINCT column_name), COUNT(DISTINCT column_name), MAX(DISTINCT column_name), MIN(DISTINCT column_name), and SUM(DISTINCT column_name), are not supported when using CUBE or ROLLUP. If used, Microsoft® SQL Server™ returns an error message and ends the query.
MIN ignores any null values.
With character data columns, MIN finds the value that is lowest in the sort sequence.
This example returns the book with the lowest (minimum) year-to-date sales.
USE pubs GO SELECT min(ytd_sales) FROM titles GO
Here is the result set:
----------- 111 (1 row(s) affected)