# Use of Min() Function in Python

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Use of Min() Function in Python Stechies

Python min() function used to find the smallest element of iterable or two or more arguments.

min function can be used with List / Array, Tuple, Sets & Dictionary

If you want to find the largest element, use max() method.

Syntax :

min(a,b,c,..)

min(iterable, *[, key, default])

Parameters :
x,y,z… (required): multiple items to compare
Iterable : (required) string, list, tuple etc

Return Value :
Returns the minimum of all the arguments.

Exceptions
Returns Error when conflict with arguments passed.

key (optional): Key is the name of the function to which arguments or iterable are passed and the comparison is done based on the value returned by this function.

Example

``````# Python code to explain min() function

# Find lowest integers value
print('The Minimum is: ',min(44, 2, 34, 12))

# Find minimum character in arguments
print('The Minimum is: ',min("Apple", "banana", "greps"))``````

Output:

``````The Minimum is:  2
The Minimum is:  Apple``````

### min () Function with Array / List

``````# Python code to explain min() function with list/array

# Declare integer list
listInt = [1, 33, 2, 23, 7, -4, 22, 222, 44, 232, 2]

# Declare string list
listText = ["Apple", "Banana", "Greps", "Orange","Pears"]

# Find lowest number in list
print('The Lowest number in list: ', min(listInt))

# Find Lowest character in list without key function
print('The Lowest : ', min(listText))

# Find lowest character in list with key function
print('The Lowest length of element in list: ', min(listText, key=len))``````

Output:

``````The Lowest number in list:  -4
The Lowest :  Apple
The Lowest length of element in list:  Apple``````

### min () Function with Tuple

``````# Python code to explain min() function with tuple

# Declare integer tuple
listtuple = (1, 32, 2, 22, 7, -3, 232, 223, 12, 317, 2)

# Declare string tuple
listtuple = ("Apple", "Banana", "Greps", "Orange","Pears")

# Find lowest number in tuple
print('The Minimum number in tuple: ', min(listtuple))

# Find lowest character in tuple without key function
print('The Minimum : ', min(listtuple))

# Find minimum character in tuple with key function
print('The Minimum length of element in tuple: ', min(listtuple, key=len))``````

Output:

``````The Minimum number in tuple:  Apple
The Minimum :  Apple
The Minimum length of element in tuple:  Apple``````

### min () Function with Dictionary

``````# Python code to explain min() function with dictionary

# Declare dictionary
listdis = {1:"Apple", 3:"Banana", 2:"Greps", 4:"Orange", 7:"Pears"}

# Find minimum in dictionary
print('The minimum number in dictionary: ', min(listdis))``````

Output:

``The minimum number in dictionary:  1``