Suppose I have a relation R

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How many tuples are returned by SQL query

SELECT distinct manager FROM R

Is it $2$ or $4$ ?


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  • $\begingroup$ I tried running it. But it shows different behaviour. $\endgroup$ – mcjoshi Jan 1 '17 at 0:33

You will get 2 records, with value 2 and null

NULL is still a value when it comes to distinct, but it is not included if you do a count, so

select count(manager) from r;

would just return a count of 1


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