# MIN Function (DAX)

Owen Duncan|Last Updated: 10/5/2018
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Returns the smallest numeric value in a column, or between two scalar expressions. Ignores logical values and text.

## Syntax

``````MIN(<column>)
``````
``````MIN(<expression1>, <expression2>)
``````

#### Parameters

TermDefinition
columnThe column in which you want to find the smallest numeric value.
expressionAny DAX expression which returns a single numeric value.

## Return Value

A decimal number.

## Remarks

The MIN function takes a column or two expressions as an argument, and returns the smallest numeric value. The following types of values in the columns are counted:

• Numbers

• Dates

• Blanks

• If the column contains no numerical data, MIN returns blanks.

When evaluating a column, empty cells, logical values, and text are ignored. If you want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the MINA function.

When comparing expressions, blank is treated as 0 when comparing. That is, Min(1,Blank() ) returns 0, and Min( -1, Blank() ) returns -1. If both arguments are blank, MIN returns a blank. If either expression returns a value which is not allowed, MIN returns an error.

## Example

The following example returns the smallest value from the calculated column, ResellerMargin.

``````=MIN([ResellerMargin])
``````

## Example

The following example returns the smallest value from a column that contains dates and times, TransactionDate. This formula therefore returns the date that is earliest.

``````=MIN([TransactionDate])
``````

## Example

The following example returns the smallest value from the result of two scalar expressions.

``````=Min([TotalSales], [TotalPurchases])
``````