# MIN

**Applies to:**
Calculated column
Calculated table
Measure
Visual calculation

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])
```

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