# How to find minimum value in a numerical vector which is written as a character vector in R?

To find the minimum value of a numeric vector we can directly use min function but if the values are read with double-inverted commas then min function does not work. In this case, we will have to use as.numeric with the vector name so that it can be converted to numeric form before finding the minimum value. For example, if we have a character vector that contains 1, 2, 3, and 4 then the minimum can be found as min(as.numeric(x)).

## Example1

Live Demo

x1<−c("1","2","3","4")
min(as.numeric(x1))
[1] 1

## Example2

Live Demo

x2<−sample(c("18","22","13","14","25","8","17"),120,replace=TRUE)
x2
[1] "18" "22" "22" "25" "14" "17" "14" "14" "18" "22" "25" "25" "22" "14" "17"
[16] "17" "13" "14" "18" "18" "8" "25" "25" "25" "25" "14" "22" "8" "17" "22"
[31] "18" "18" "14" "8" "14" "14" "17" "18" "14" "17" "22" "18" "25" "18" "22"
[46] "14" "18" "22" "14" "25" "13" "8" "17" "13" "22" "8" "13" "17" "8" "13"
[61] "25" "8" "17" "14" "22" "8" "17" "14" "13" "17" "8" "18" "22" "8" "8"
[76] "13" "13" "22" "25" "17" "25" "22" "18" "22" "25" "14" "18" "17" "17" "13"
[91] "25" "13" "25" "22" "8" "18" "14" "8" "13" "8" "18" "13" "22" "22" "25"
[106] "8" "13" "25" "25" "8" "13" "8" "18" "17" "25" "25" "25" "14" "25" "8"
min(as.numeric(x2))
[1] 8

## Example3

Live Demo

x3<−sample(c("118","322","413","214","125","418","317","247","258","320"),120,replace=TRUE)
x3
[1] "247" "418" "317" "320" "317" "258" "258" "247" "418" "258" "247" "322"
[13] "418" "214" "125" "320" "322" "320" "320" "418" "258" "418" "317" "258"
[25] "118" "118" "317" "125" "247" "320" "247" "125" "214" "320" "317" "125"
[37] "118" "418" "118" "418" "418" "125" "418" "125" "118" "247" "258" "322"
[49] "125" "125" "214" "317" "214" "413" "317" "214" "118" "322" "418" "317"
[61] "258" "214" "258" "320" "125" "247" "317" "258" "214" "322" "214" "418"
[73] "317" "418" "320" "125" "125" "118" "125" "247" "125" "258" "320" "247"
[85] "214" "247" "258" "320" "214" "214" "320" "418" "322" "322" "317" "317"
[97] "258" "214" "320" "320" "214" "125" "258" "413" "317" "118" "413" "320"
[109] "258" "125" "247" "247" "214" "247" "214" "247" "214" "413" "418" "258"
min(as.numeric(x3))
[1] 118

## Example4

x4<−sample(c("518","309","213","235","325","328","317","247","358","420","299""500"),120,replace=TRUE)
x4
[1] "328" "299" "358" "299" "518" "247" "299" "299" "500" "317" "420" "325"
[13] "317" "328" "420" "317" "325" "247" "235" "247" "247" "518" "299" "518"
[25] "299" "317" "317" "325" "420" "325" "325" "328" "358" "213" "309" "213"
[37] "518" "420" "309" "518" "299" "420" "247" "235" "325" "518" "420" "317"
[49] "325" "328" "309" "358" "500" "299" "299" "213" "235" "420" "213" "317"
[61] "247" "247" "299" "420" "325" "317" "317" "358" "235" "420" "213" "518"
[73] "420" "500" "235" "325" "299" "518" "299" "299" "420" "299" "518" "358"
[85] "299" "213" "317" "317" "309" "325" "420" "328" "247" "299" "325" "309"
[97] "317" "235" "235" "309" "235" "235" "299" "247" "317" "358" "328" "518"
[109] "299" "518" "247" "325" "420" "299" "299" "325" "325" "309" "420" "213"
min(as.numeric(x4))
[1] 213

## Example5

Live Demo

x5<−sample(c("5112","2542","3241","3211","4125","2568","3742","2784","4269","3627"),120,replace=TRUE)
x5
[1] "2568" "3627" "5112" "4269" "4269" "4125" "4125" "4125" "3627" "3211"
[11] "3241" "3241" "5112" "2784" "3742" "2568" "3211" "5112" "4125" "2784"
[21] "4269" "2784" "3627" "3742" "5112" "3211" "3627" "5112" "3742" "3211"
[31] "3211" "3241" "4269" "5112" "2784" "3241" "3211" "3241" "2542" "4269"
[41] "2542" "2568" "2542" "3241" "4125" "2542" "2568" "4269" "4125" "4269"
[51] "3211" "4269" "2542" "3241" "4125" "4125" "3742" "3627" "3627" "4269"
[61] "3742" "2568" "3241" "2568" "3742" "5112" "4125" "3211" "5112" "3627"
[71] "2784" "2784" "2542" "4269" "3241" "3211" "2568" "2784" "4269" "3241"
[81] "2568" "3627" "3241" "3211" "2568" "3627" "2568" "2568" "3742" "2568"
[91] "4269" "3627" "3627" "2542" "3211" "2542" "5112" "4125" "2542" "3211"
[101] "3241" "2568" "2542" "3211" "3627" "4125" "3627" "5112" "4125" "2784"
[111] "4269" "5112" "3211" "3211" "2542" "5112" "4125" "4269" "3241" "5112"
min(as.numeric(x5))
[1] 2542