Excel offers some cool ways to analyze data. One such tool is to find the nth smallest value from a data. It can be daunting to find the 2nd or 3rd smallest value manually if you have a large data set. However, Excel can help us to do that very easily. The SMALL function helps us to find the nth smallest value. In this tutorial, we will learn how to find the nth smallest value in Excel.
Figure 1. How to find the Nth Smallest Value
Here, we use the SMALL function. It works in an automatic way. From the syntax we see it uses two arguments range and nth. Range represents the range we want to find the nth smallest value for. We need to provide the range and an integer value n to the SMALL function. SMALL will return the desired nth value.
Setting Up Data
The following example contains a children information database. Column A, B and C has the names, IDs and ages during the month of December.
Figure 2. The Sample Data Set
To find the 3rd youngest age, we need to:
- Select cell E5 with our mouse.
- Write the formula
- Press Enter.
Figure 3. Applying the Formula
This will show the 3rd youngest age, 10 in cell F5.
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