SMALL function

Returns the k-th smallest value in a data set. Use this function to return values with a particular relative standing in a data set.

Syntax

SMALL(array,k)

Array     is an array or range of numerical data for which you want to determine the k-th smallest value.

K     is the position (from the smallest) in the array or range of data to return.

Remarks

  • If array is empty, SMALL returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If k ≤ 0 or if k exceeds the number of data points, SMALL returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If n is the number of data points in array, SMALL(array,1) equals the smallest value, and SMALL(array,n) equals the largest value.

Example

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Data Data
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4 4
5 8
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Formula Description (Result)
=SMALL(A2:A10,4) 4th smallest number in first column (4)
=SMALL(B2:B10,2) 2nd smallest number in the second column (3)
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2007