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SQL Anywhere 11.0.0 » SQL Anywhere Server - SQL Usage » Querying and Modifying Data » Summarizing, grouping, and sorting query results » Summarizing query results using aggregate functions


Aggregate functions and data types

Some aggregate functions have meaning only for certain kinds of data. For example, you can use SUM and AVG with numeric columns only.

However, you can use MIN to find the lowest value—the one closest to the beginning of the alphabet—in a character column:

SELECT MIN( Surname )
   FROM Contacts;