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Returns the maximum value based upon a column input or grouping of columns.

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/* aggregate function */
SELECT MAX(columnExpression) FROM <multipartIdentifier>
[ GROUP BY groupByColumn ];
/* scalar (multi-argument) function */
SELECT MAX(scalarExpression1, scalarExpressionN, ...) FROM <multipartIdentifier>;


Aggregate function

A column or expression including operands (+, -, ...).

The MAX function will return the largest value for the given column based upon the column data type, for example a MAX operation on an integer column will return the largest integer for that column or column grouping, whereas a MAX operation on a string column or column grouping will return the largest ASCII value (generally the first value when sorted in lexographic order with some differences).

A column or columns used to perform summary or aggregate operations against. The GROUP BY clause returns one row for each column grouping.

The MAX function ignores NULL values.

The MAX function returns NULL if all the values in the group are NULL.

Scalar function

A list columns or expressions (2 or more) from which the largest value is determined and returned.

The scalar MAX function returns NULL if any argument is NULL.

The scalar or multi-argument MAX function searches its arguments from left to right for an argument that defines a collating function and uses that collating function for all string comparisons.

If none of the arguments the scalar MAX function define a collating function, then the BINARY collating function is used.

If only one argument is provided, then the MAX aggregate function is invoked.

Return Value(s)

Returns the maximum value based upon the input data type (or grouping).


Return the maximum value for a column

SELECT name, location, max(timeCreated) 
FROM WHERE project = 'stackql';

Return the maximum value for each value in a column

SELECT name, location,
max(round(julianday('now')-julianday(timeCreated))) as age
FROM WHERE project = 'stackql'
GROUP BY location;

Return the maximum value from a list of values using the scalar max function

SELECT max(json_extract(disks, '$[0].diskSizeGb'),json_extract(disks, '$[1].diskSizeGb')) as largest_disk
FROM google.compute.instances
WHERE project = 'stackql-demo'
AND zone = 'australia-southeast1-a';

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