The MINA function takes multiple arguments in the form number1, number2, number3, etc. up to 255 total. Arguments can be a hardcoded constant, a cell reference, or a range, in any combination. 


Like the MIN function, the MINA function returns the smallest number in the supplied data: MINA can be used with constants, cell references, or ranges:


The primary difference between MIN and MINA is that MINA evaluates TRUE and FALSE values as 1 and 0, and text values as zero when these values appear in a range or in a cell reference. You can see this behavior in the range I8:I12 of the example shown. While the MIN function ignores the logical and text values completely, the MINA function includes these values when calculating a minimum value. Note that MIN and MINA both evaluate numbers as text when supplied directly as arguments:


MINA ignores empty cells, but evaluates logical values and text values. Arguments can be provided as numbers, names, arrays, or references. If arguments contain no numeric values, MINA returns 0. To ignore logical values and text, see the MIN function.

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