# MIN

Returns the smallest value in a column, or between two scalar expressions.

## Syntax

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

#### Parameters

Term Definition
column The column in which you want to find the smallest value.
expression Any DAX expression which returns a single value.

## Return value

The smallest value.

## Remarks

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

• Numbers

• Texts

• Dates

• Blanks

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.

TRUE/FALSE values are not supported. If you want to evaluate a column of TRUE/FALSE values, use the MINA function.

## Example 1

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

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

## Example 2

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 3

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

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