## Excel MINA Function

The MINA function returns the smallest numeric value from a set of values provided. It evaluates a text in a cell as 0 and evaluates Logical values TRUE and FALSE as 1 and 0 respectively.

#### Syntax

=MINA (value1, [value2], ...)

#### Arguments

• Value1 (required): The first value, cell reference, or range.
• Value2, ... (optional): The subsequent values, cell references, or ranges.

#### Return value

The MINA function returns a numeric value.

#### Function notes

1. Arguments in the MINA function can be supplied as numbers or names, arrays, or references that contain values. Up to 255 arguments are allowed.
2. MINA function can count the Logical values and text representations of numbers (numbers enclosed with quotation marks, says “10”) that you type directly into the list of arguments.
3. MINA function ignores empty cells.
4. Unlike the MIN function, cells that contain text or logical values can be counted in the MINA function.
5. MINA function evaluates TRUE as 1 and FALSE as 0 (zero). Cells with text, including the empty text "", text representations of numbers, and other text, are evaluated as 0 (zero).
6. If the arguments in the MINA function contain no values, 0 (zero) will be returned.
7. The #VALUE! error value occurs if any of the supplied arguments you typed directly in the function are text strings that cannot be interpreted as numbers by Excel.

#### Examples

To calculate the smallest value from the values provided in the below table, please copy the formula below into cell E5 and press the Enter key to get the result.

=MINA (C5:C10)

Notes:

1. The argument in the above formula is supplied as a range that contains multiple values.
2. We can also use cell references as arguments of the formula. The formula above can be changed to:

=MINA (C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, C10)

3. To directly input the above values in the arguments of the formula is not recommended. The #VALUE! Error will occur when text that cannot be interpreted as a number are typed directly into the list of arguments.
4. Because the MINA function evaluates text “APPLE” in cell C5 as 0, and Logical values FALSE and TRUE in cell C5 and C9 as 0 and 1, the formula above returns 0 as the smallest numeric value among range C5:C10.
5. The MIN function will return 61 as the smallest number among range C5:C10, for the MIN function will ignore the text and Logical values in cells.

#### Relative Functions:

• Excel DEVSQ Function
The DEVSQ function calculates the sum of squares of the deviations from the sample mean.

• Excel DSTDEV Function
The DSTDEV function returns the estimated value of the standard deviation of a population based on a sample.

• Excel DSTDEVP Function
The Excel DSTDEVP function returns the standard deviation of a population by using the numbers from the entire database that match the given criteria you specify.

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