# min(list)

Operator Type:

Operator Scope of Action:

Operator Purpose:

Operator Altered:

Function   [other Function type actions]

List   [operators of similar scope]

Mathematical   [other Mathematical operators]

Baseline

min(list)

The min() operator returns the smallest item in a list or the values of a List or Set data type attribute.

Both the operators max() and min() use lexical comparison in most cases, but numeric comparison if the context is numeric (i.e. the reference is a Number-type attribute) and/or all list items are numbers. Thus:

`\$Width=min("100;2;70")`

Since "Width" is numeric, min() will be return 2.

`\$Name=min("100;2;70")`

Since the attribute "Name" is a string, min() will return 100.

If you do not have a set, create one on the fly using list(), collect() or collect_if():

`\$FistDate = min(list(\$DateA,\$DateB,\$DateC))`

`\$MyMin = min(collect(descendants, \$Modified))`

`\$MyMin = min(collect_if(all,\$MyNum>0,\$MyNum))`

This allows export via ^value^:

^value(min(collect(descendants,\$Modified)))^

When using Date-type data bear in mind that the unset Date default is "never" and that "never' is always before (i.e. less than) any set date. So to use min() with dates, filter out the unset values:

`\$MyMin = min(collect_if(descendants,(\$Modified!="never"),\$Modified))`

To use min() with a list of items that are attributes or expressions, use list():

Works: `\$MyNumber = min(list(4+2,9+6))` (output: 6)

For more complex examples, where list items are action code expressions, it may be necessary to use eval() to wrap each list item expression e.g. `list(eval(expressionA),eval(expressionB))`.