In statistics, the minimum value in a dataset is the value of the smallest observation of a sample. You can use the **MIN function** to find the smallest value from a set of data values.

**Example:** You are working with a dataset with the first name in column A, the last name in column B, and the salary in column C.

**Formula 1: What is the minimum salary in column C?**

=MIN(C2:C12)

The minimum income is $53,308.00.

**Note:** When cells contain error values or text that cannot be translated into numbers, the MIN function will return errors.

**Formula 2: What is the minimum salary in column C and $11,211?**

=MIN(C2:C12, 11211)

The minimum income is $11,211.

**Notes: The MIN Function**

**Formula:**

= MIN(number1, [number2], …)

**Explanations:**

- Number 1 is required;
- [number2], …: numbers other than the first are optional.

**Cautions:**

The MIN function will count numbers, arrays, or references that contain numbers, while empty cells or cells with text values will be ignored.