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?
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?
The minimum income is $11,211.
Notes: The MIN Function
= MIN(number1, [number2], …)
- Number 1 is required;
- [number2], …: numbers other than the first are optional.
The MIN function will count numbers, arrays, or references that contain numbers, while empty cells or cells with text values will be ignored.