numpy.nanmin(a, axis=None, out=None, keepdims=<no value>, initial=<no value>, where=<no value>)[source]

Return minimum of an array or minimum along an axis, ignoring any NaNs. When all-NaN slices are encountered a RuntimeWarning is raised and Nan is returned for that slice.


Array containing numbers whose minimum is desired. If a is not an array, a conversion is attempted.

axis{int, tuple of int, None}, optional

Axis or axes along which the minimum is computed. The default is to compute the minimum of the flattened array.

outndarray, optional

Alternate output array in which to place the result. The default is None; if provided, it must have the same shape as the expected output, but the type will be cast if necessary. See Output type determination for more details.

New in version 1.8.0.

keepdimsbool, optional

If this is set to True, the axes which are reduced are left in the result as dimensions with size one. With this option, the result will broadcast correctly against the original a.

If the value is anything but the default, then keepdims will be passed through to the min method of sub-classes of ndarray. If the sub-classes methods does not implement keepdims any exceptions will be raised.

New in version 1.8.0.

initialscalar, optional

The maximum value of an output element. Must be present to allow computation on empty slice. See reduce for details.

New in version 1.22.0.

wherearray_like of bool, optional

Elements to compare for the minimum. See reduce for details.

New in version 1.22.0.


An array with the same shape as a, with the specified axis removed. If a is a 0-d array, or if axis is None, an ndarray scalar is returned. The same dtype as a is returned.

See also


The maximum value of an array along a given axis, ignoring any NaNs.


The minimum value of an array along a given axis, propagating any NaNs.


Element-wise minimum of two arrays, ignoring any NaNs.


Element-wise minimum of two arrays, propagating any NaNs.


Shows which elements are Not a Number (NaN).


Shows which elements are neither NaN nor infinity.

amax, fmax, maximum


NumPy uses the IEEE Standard for Binary Floating-Point for Arithmetic (IEEE 754). This means that Not a Number is not equivalent to infinity. Positive infinity is treated as a very large number and negative infinity is treated as a very small (i.e. negative) number.

If the input has a integer type the function is equivalent to np.min.


>>> a = np.array([[1, 2], [3, np.nan]])
>>> np.nanmin(a)
>>> np.nanmin(a, axis=0)
array([1.,  2.])
>>> np.nanmin(a, axis=1)
array([1.,  3.])

When positive infinity and negative infinity are present:

>>> np.nanmin([1, 2, np.nan, np.inf])
>>> np.nanmin([1, 2, np.nan, np.NINF])