degenerate cases for pig operators
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                 Key: PIG-576
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-576
             Project: Pig
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Christopher Olston


Would be nice if I could write:

a = UNION b;       // evaluates to b
a = UNION;          // evaluates to empty set

... and similarly for other operators like JOIN.

This comes up when automatically generating Pig code for an embedded 
application. Currently I have to handle these as special cases in the code that 
generates the Pig commands, which is messy. Worse, as far as I know the 
empty-union case has no easy work-around -- I think I have to resort to 
creating an empty file and reading it to generate an empty relation.


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