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MIN

MIN finds the smallest values in a column or part of a column

MIN finds the smallest values in a column or part of a column

  SELECT region, MIN(name)
    FROM bbc
   GROUP BY region 

With a GROUP BY region statement each region shows up just once. The MIN column gives the "smallest" name in the region in the context of strings this is the first name alphabetically.

SELECT region, MIN(name)
  FROM bbc
 GROUP BY region
SELECT region, MIN(name)
  FROM bbc
 GROUP BY region

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