# MINA

The MINA function returns the minimum numeric value from a set of supplied arguments. It is an essential tool for quickly finding the smallest number within a range or list of values in Excel.

## Syntax

=MINA(`value1`, `[value2], [value3], ...`)

When you need to swiftly identify the smallest numerical entry among a collection of numbers, turn to the MINA function in Excel. This function proves invaluable for scenarios where efficiency in pinpointing the least value is paramount, enabling users to streamline decision-making processes within their data sets. By simply inputting the data points or cell references containing the values to compare, MINA efficiently returns the smallest numerical figure present, supporting users in making data-driven choices seamlessly.

## Examples

If you have a list of numbers in cells A1:A5 and you want to find the smallest value from this range, you can use the MINA function like this: =MINA(A1:A5).

Suppose you have specific numbers like -10, 5, 8, and -3, and you wish to identify the smallest value among them. You can use the MINA function with the values directly in the formula: =MINA(-10, 5, 8, -3). This will return -10 as the smallest number.

## Notes

The MINA function operates effectively with both individual numerical entries and ranges of numerical values. It returns the smallest numeric entry present, disregarding any non-numeric values within the provided range or list. Ensure that all supplied values are valid numeric data points for accurate results.

## Questions

What happens if non-numeric values are included in the range provided to the MINA function?

The MINA function will ignore any non-numeric values present in the range and focus solely on determining the smallest numeric value. It will return the smallest valid numeric entry among the provided data.

Can the MINA function handle ranges of numbers along with individual values in the same formula?

Yes, the MINA function is versatile and can process both individual numeric values and ranges of numbers within the same formula. You can mix and match references to cells with direct numeric inputs to find the smallest value across various data sets.

Is it possible to use the MINA function with a dynamic range that may change in size?

Yes, you can utilize dynamic range references in the MINA function to cater to changing data sets. By setting up your formulas to adjust automatically based on the evolving range, you can continuously find the smallest value within the updated dataset.