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MIN (Transact-SQL)

Returns the minimum value in the expression. May be followed by the OVER clause.

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MIN ( [ ALL | DISTINCT ] expression ) 
ALL

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

DISTINCT

Specifies that each unique value is considered. DISTINCT is not meaningful with MIN and is available for ISO compatibility only.

expression

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.

For more information, see Expressions (Transact-SQL).

Returns a value same 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 returns the lowest (minimum) tax rate.

USE AdventureWorks2008R2;
GO
SELECT MIN(TaxRate)
FROM Sales.SalesTaxRate;
GO

Here is the result set.

-------------------

5.00

(1 row(s) affected)

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