# min

Minimum elements of an array

## Syntax

``M = min(A)``
``M = min(A,[],dim)``
``M = min(A,[],nanflag)``
``M = min(A,[],dim,nanflag)``
``````[M,I] = min(___)``````
``M = min(A,[],'all')``
``M = min(A,[],vecdim)``
``M = min(A,[],'all',nanflag)``
``M = min(A,[],vecdim,nanflag)``
``````[M,I] = min(A,[],___,'linear')``````
``C = min(A,B)``
``C = min(A,B,nanflag)``

## Description

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````M = min(A)` returns the minimum elements of an array. If `A` is a vector, then `min(A)` returns the minimum of `A`.If `A` is a matrix, then `min(A)` is a row vector containing the minimum value of each column.If `A` is a multidimensional array, then `min(A)` operates along the first array dimension whose size does not equal `1`, treating the elements as vectors. The size of this dimension becomes `1` while the sizes of all other dimensions remain the same. If `A` is an empty array with first dimension `0`, then `min(A)` returns an empty array with the same size as `A`. ```

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````M = min(A,[],dim)` returns the minimum element along dimension `dim`. For example, if `A` is a matrix, then `min(A,[],2)` is a column vector containing the minimum value of each row.```

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````M = min(A,[],nanflag)` specifies whether to include or omit `NaN` values in the calculation. For example, `min(A,[],'includenan')` includes all `NaN` values in `A` while `min(A,[],'omitnan')` ignores them.```
````M = min(A,[],dim,nanflag)` also specifies the dimension to operate along when using the `nanflag` option.```

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``````[M,I] = min(___)``` also returns the index into the operating dimension that corresponds to the minimum value of `A` for any of the previous syntaxes.```

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````M = min(A,[],'all')` finds the minimum over all elements of `A`. This syntax is valid for MATLAB® versions R2018b and later.```

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````M = min(A,[],vecdim)` computes the minimum over the dimensions specified in the vector `vecdim`. For example, if `A` is a matrix, then `min(A,[],[1 2])` computes the minimum over all elements in `A`, since every element of a matrix is contained in the array slice defined by dimensions 1 and 2.```
````M = min(A,[],'all',nanflag)` computes the minimum over all elements of `A` when using the `nanflag` option.```
````M = min(A,[],vecdim,nanflag)` specifies multiple dimensions to operate along when using the `nanflag` option.```

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``````[M,I] = min(A,[],___,'linear')``` returns the linear index into `A` that corresponds to the minimum value in `A`.```

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````C = min(A,B)` returns an array with the smallest elements taken from `A` or `B`.```
````C = min(A,B,nanflag)` also specifies how to treat `NaN` values.```

## Examples

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Create a vector and compute its smallest element.

```A = [23 42 37 15 52]; M = min(A)```
```M = 15 ```

Create a complex vector and compute its smallest element, that is, the element with the smallest magnitude.

```A = [-2+2i 4+i -1-3i]; min(A)```
```ans = -2.0000 + 2.0000i ```

Create a matrix and compute the smallest element in each column.

`A = [2 8 4; 7 3 9]`
```A = 2×3 2 8 4 7 3 9 ```
`M = min(A)`
```M = 1×3 2 3 4 ```

Create a matrix and compute the smallest element in each row.

`A = [1.7 1.2 1.5; 1.3 1.6 1.99]`
```A = 2×3 1.7000 1.2000 1.5000 1.3000 1.6000 1.9900 ```
`M = min(A,[],2)`
```M = 2×1 1.2000 1.3000 ```

Create a vector and compute its minimum, excluding `NaN` values.

```A = [1.77 -0.005 3.98 -2.95 NaN 0.34 NaN 0.19]; M = min(A,[],'omitnan')```
```M = -2.9500 ```

`min(A)` will also produce this result since `'omitnan'` is the default option.

Use the `'includenan'` flag to return `NaN`.

`M = min(A,[],'includenan')`
```M = NaN ```

Create a matrix `A` and compute the smallest elements in each column as well as the row indices of `A` in which they appear.

`A = [1 9 -2; 8 4 -5]`
```A = 2×3 1 9 -2 8 4 -5 ```
`[M,I] = min(A)`
```M = 1×3 1 4 -5 ```
```I = 1×3 1 2 2 ```

Create a 3-D array and compute the minimum over each page of data (rows and columns).

```A(:,:,1) = [2 4; -2 1]; A(:,:,2) = [9 13; -5 7]; A(:,:,3) = [4 4; 8 -3]; M1 = min(A,[],[1 2])```
```M1 = M1(:,:,1) = -2 M1(:,:,2) = -5 M1(:,:,3) = -3 ```

Starting in R2018b, to compute the minimum over all dimensions of an array, you can either specify each dimension in the vector dimension argument, or use the `'all'` option.

`M2 = min(A,[],[1 2 3])`
```M2 = -5 ```
`Mall = min(A,[],'all')`
```Mall = -5 ```

Create a matrix `A` and return the minimum value of each row in the matrix `M`. Use the `'linear'` option to also return the linear indices `I` such that `M = A(I)`.

`A = [1 2 3; 4 5 6]`
```A = 2×3 1 2 3 4 5 6 ```
`[M,I] = min(A,[],2,'linear')`
```M = 2×1 1 4 ```
```I = 2×1 1 2 ```
`minvals = A(I)`
```minvals = 2×1 1 4 ```

Create a matrix and return the smallest value between each of its elements compared to a scalar.

`A = [1 7 3; 6 2 9]`
```A = 2×3 1 7 3 6 2 9 ```
```B = 5; C = min(A,B)```
```C = 2×3 1 5 3 5 2 5 ```

## Input Arguments

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Input array, specified as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array.

• If `A` is complex, then `min(A)` returns the complex number with the smallest magnitude. If magnitudes are equal, then `min(A)` returns the value with the smallest magnitude and the smallest phase angle.

• If `A` is a scalar, then `min(A)` returns `A`.

• If `A` is a 0-by-0 empty array, then `min(A)` is as well.

If `A` has type `categorical`, then it must be ordinal.

Data Types: `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `logical` | `categorical` | `datetime` | `duration`
Complex Number Support: Yes

Dimension to operate along, specified as a positive integer scalar. If no value is specified, then the default is the first array dimension whose size does not equal 1.

Dimension `dim` indicates the dimension whose length reduces to `1`. The `size(M,dim)` is `1`, while the sizes of all other dimensions remain the same, unless `size(A,dim)` is `0`. If `size(A,dim)` is `0`, then `min(A,dim)` returns an empty array with the same size as `A`.

Consider a two-dimensional input array, `A`:

• If `dim = 1`, then `min(A,[],1)` returns a row vector containing the smallest element in each column. • If `dim = 2`, then `min(A,[],2)` returns a column vector containing the smallest element in each row. `min` returns `A` if `dim` is greater than `ndims(A)`.

Vector of dimensions, specified as a vector of positive integers. Each element represents a dimension of the input array. The lengths of the output in the specified operating dimensions are 1, while the others remain the same.

Consider a 2-by-3-by-3 input array, `A`. Then `min(A,[],[1 2])` returns a 1-by-1-by-3 array whose elements are the minimums computed over each page of `A`. Data Types: `double` | `single` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64`

Additional input array, specified as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array. Numeric inputs `A` and `B` must either be the same size or have sizes that are compatible (for example, `A` is an `M`-by-`N` matrix and `B` is a scalar or `1`-by-`N` row vector). For more information, see Compatible Array Sizes for Basic Operations.

If `A` and `B` are datetime, duration, or categorical arrays, then they must be the same size unless one is a scalar.

• `A` and `B` must be the same data type unless one is a `double`. In that case, the data type of the other array can be `single`, `duration`, or any integer type.

• If `A` and `B` are ordinal categorical arrays, they must have the same sets of categories with the same order.

Data Types: `single` | `double` | `int8` | `int16` | `int32` | `int64` | `uint8` | `uint16` | `uint32` | `uint64` | `logical` | `categorical` | `datetime` | `duration`
Complex Number Support: Yes

`NaN` condition, specified as one of these values:

• `'omitnan'` — Ignore all `NaN` values in the input. If all elements are `NaN`, then `min` returns the first one.

• `'includenan'` — Include the `NaN` values in the input for the calculation.

For `datetime` arrays, you can also use `'omitnat'` or `'includenat'` to omit and include `NaT` values, respectively.

For `categorical` arrays, you can also use `'omitundefined'` or `'includeundefined'` to omit and include undefined values, respectively.

Data Types: `char`

## Output Arguments

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Minimum values, returned as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array. `size(M,dim)` is `1`, while the sizes of all other dimensions match the size of the corresponding dimension in `A`, unless `size(A,dim)` is `0`. If `size(A,dim)` is `0`, then `M` is an empty array with the same size as `A`.

Index, returned as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array. `I` is the same size as the first output.

When `'linear'` is not specified, `I` is the index into the operating dimension. When `'linear'` is specified, `I` contains the linear indices of `A` corresponding to the minimum values.

If the smallest element occurs more than once, then `I` contains the index to the first occurrence of the value.

Minimum elements from `A` or `B`, returned as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array. The size of `C` is determined by implicit expansion of the dimensions of `A` and `B`. For more information, see Compatible Array Sizes for Basic Operations.

The data type of `C` depends on the data types of `A` and `B`:

• If `A` and `B` are the same data type, then `C` matches the data type of `A` and `B`.

• If either `A` or `B` is `single`, then `C` is `single`.

• If either `A` or `B` is an integer data type with the other a scalar `double`, then `C` assumes the integer data type.