MINA function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is MINA function in Excel?

MINA function is one of Statistical functions in Microsoft Excel that returns the smallest value in the list of arguments.

Syntax of MINA function

MINA(value1, [value2], …)

The MINA function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Value1, value2, …    Value1 is required, subsequent values are optional. 1 to 255 values for which you want to find the smallest value.

Explanation of MINA function

  • Arguments can be the following: numbers; names, arrays, or references that contain numbers; text representations of numbers; or logical values, such as TRUE and FALSE, in a reference.
  • If an argument is an array or reference, only values in that array or reference are used. Empty cells and text values in the array or reference are ignored.
  • Arguments that contain TRUE evaluate as 1; arguments that contain text or FALSE evaluate as 0 (zero).
  • Arguments that are error values or text that cannot be translated into numbers cause errors.
  • If the arguments contain no values, MINA returns 0.
  • If you do not want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the MIN function.

Example of MINA function

Steps to follow:

1. Open a new Excel worksheet.

2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1

Note: For formulas to show results, select them, press F2 key on your keyboard and then press Enter.

You can adjust the column widths to see all the data, if need be.

Formula Description Result
=MINA(A2:A6) Smallest of the numbers in the range A2:A6. Because a value of FALSE evaluates to 0, it is the smallest. 0

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