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MAX (Numbers)

Returns the maximum numeric value found within a field or group. You can apply a filter to limit the rows in the search. You can also use MAX to return the latest date or the highest string value in a field or group.
You can nest only one other aggregate function within MAX. You cannot nest aggregate functions in an elastic mapping.
Use only in mapping tasks.

Syntax

MAX( numeric_value [, filter_condition] )
Argument
Required/
Optional
Description
numeric_value
Required
Numeric data type. Passes the numeric values for which you want to return a maximum numeric value. You can enter any valid transformation expression.
filter_condition
Optional
Limits the rows in the search. The filter condition must be a numeric value or evaluate to TRUE, FALSE, or NULL. You can enter any valid transformation expression.

Return Value

Numeric value.
NULL if all values passed to the function are NULL or if no rows are selected (for example, the filter condition evaluates to FALSE or NULL for all rows).

Nulls

If a value is NULL, MAX ignores it. However, if all values passed from the field are NULL, MAX returns NULL.

Group By

MAX groups values based on group by fields you define in the transformation, returning one result for each group.
If there is no group by field, MAX treats all rows as one group, returning one value.

Example

The first expression returns the maximum price for flashlights:
MAX( PRICE, ITEM_NAME='Flashlight' )
ITEM_NAME
PRICE
Flashlight
10.00
Regulator System
360.00
Flashlight
55.00
Diving Hood
79.00
Halogen Flashlight
162.00
Flashlight
85.00
Flashlight
NULL
RETURN VALUE: 85.00