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Version: 8.1


This function is used in Python Scripting.


Given a sequence of numerical values, returns the minimum value, also known as the "min" value.

Returns NaN (Not a Number) if passed an empty sequence.

Client Permission Restrictions

This scripting function has no Client Permission restrictions.




List[Float]valuesA sequence of numerical values. Accepts both integers and floats. The sequence may not contain None type values. However, passing a None type object instead of a sequence of numerical values will return NaN.


Float - The minimum value contained within the 'values' parameter, or NaN if the input was empty or null.


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Code Examples

Example #1 - Getting the Min Value from List
# Create a list of values.
values = [3.5, 5.6, 7.8, 7.4, 3.8]

# Prints the resulting value.
print system.math.min(values)
Example #2 - Getting the Min Value from Tag Values
# Create a List of Tag Paths to read
paths = ["[Sample_Tags]/ReadOnly/ReadOnlyInteger1","[Sample_Tags]/ReadOnly/ReadOnlyInteger2","[Sample_Tags]/ReadOnly/ReadOnlyInteger3","[Sample_Tags]/ReadOnly/ReadOnlyInteger4","[Sample_Tags]/ReadOnly/ReadOnlyInteger5"]

# Read the Tags, and store the complex results in a variable
values = system.tag.readBlocking(paths)

# Declare an empty list to append to later
tagValuesList = []

# For each Tag Path, iterate through our results...
for index in range(len(paths)):

# ...grab the Tag values...
tagValue = values[index].value
# ...and append them to the empty list from earlier

# Print out the maximum value in the list
print system.math.min(tagValuesList)


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