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SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere 16.0 » SQL Anywhere Server - SQL Usage » Queries and data modification » Summarizing, grouping, and sorting query results » Aggregate functions that summarize query results


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;