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min — Returns the numerically lowest of a set of values.


mixed min(arg1[, arg2][, . . .]);
mixed arg1: Value to test
mixed arg2 (optional): Value to test
mixed . . . (optional): Further arguments


Lowest value of the arguments passed


min() returns the value of the numerically lowest of the arguments passed to it. If the first argument is an array, then the element of that array having the numerically lowest value will be returned. Alternatively, any number of arguments may be passed, in which case the lowest of them will be the result.

This function handles negative numbers correctly, in that negative numbers are considered smaller the further they are from zero. For instance -4 is less than -3, -2.345 is less than -2.123, and so on.

See also

See also max()


Example 680. Get the minimum of a set of values

$var1 = 12;
$var2 = 34.5;
$var3 = 28;
echo "Min value is ", min($var1, $var2, $var3);

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