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From "Mehant Baid (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (DRILL-2870) Fix return type of aggregate functions to be nullable
Date Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:23:38 GMT
Mehant Baid created DRILL-2870:

             Summary: Fix return type of aggregate functions to be nullable
                 Key: DRILL-2870
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DRILL-2870
             Project: Apache Drill
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Mehant Baid
            Assignee: Mehant Baid
            Priority: Critical
             Fix For: 1.0.0

The output type of aggregate functions is required if the input is required which does not
always hold true. Consider the case where input is a required type and we are performing sum(),
however if all the rows are filtered out then we should return null instead of 0. This holds
true for all aggregate functions (except count). 

As part of DRILL-2277 we are fixing the case when we have an aggregate function (without group
by) and the input batch is empty we still need to produce one record with null as output (count
function is an exception to this). If we don't fix the return type of aggregate functions
then we will return wrong results in the case where we have an empty input with required columns.

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