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Returns the minimum value in the expression.



MIN ([ ALL ] expression )

ALL

Applies the aggregate function to all values. ALL is the default.

expression

A constant, column name, or function, and any combination of arithmetic, bitwise, and string operators. MIN can be used with numeric, nchar, nvarchar, or datetime columns but not with bit columns. Aggregate functions and subqueries are not permitted.


Returns a value of the same type as expression.


MIN ignores any null values.

With character data columns, MIN finds the value that is lowest in the sort sequence.

The following example uses MIN to determine the lowest priced item in the Products table.

SELECT MIN(UnitPrice) AS "Least Expensive" FROM Products

This is the result set:

Least Expensive
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