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7.1.24 MAX



The MAX function returns the content of the argument that contains the maximum value.

The function type depends on the argument types, as follows:


   Argument Type                           Function Type
   Alphabetic                              Alphanumeric
   Alphanumeric                            Alphanumeric
   All arguments integer                   Integer
   Numeric (some arguments can be          Numeric
   integer)



    ___ Format _____________________________________________________________ 
   |                                                                        |
   |                      <____________                                     |
   | >>__FUNCTION MAX__(____argument-1_|__)______________________________>< |
   |                                                                        |
   |________________________________________________________________________|
argument-1
Must be class numeric, alphanumeric, or alphabetic.


X If more than one argument-1 is specified, the combination of alphabetic
X and alphanumeric arguments is allowed.

The returned value is the content of argument-1 having the greatest value. The comparisons used to determine the greatest value are made according to the rules for simple conditions. For more information, see "Conditional Expressions" in topic 6.1.6.

If more than one argument has the same greatest value, the leftmost argument having that value is returned.

If the type of the function is alphanumeric, the size of the returned value is the same as the size of the selected argument.

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