Welcome to the Treehouse Community

Want to collaborate on code errors? Have bugs you need feedback on? Looking for an extra set of eyes on your latest project? Get support with fellow developers, designers, and programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels here with the Treehouse Community! While you're at it, check out some resources Treehouse students have shared here.

Looking to learn something new?

Treehouse offers a seven day free trial for new students. Get access to thousands of hours of content and join thousands of Treehouse students and alumni in the community today.

Start your free trial

Data Analysis Data Analysis Basics Getting to Know Your Data Summarizing Data: Maximum, Minimum, Range

S1 vs S2 in "=MIN('2017'!S2:S26411)"

Hi all, When I first followed the directions, my numbers in the summary sheet displayed in decimals rather than minutes. After a bit I noticed that my formula said "S1" where the presenter's said "S2" in the formula; changing this fixed the problem. My question is: what's the difference between "S1" and "S2" in this formula? Thanks!

1 Answer

Hambone F
Hambone F
3,581 Points

It sounds like you had to remove the first column which includes the header. So before with the S1, you had both text and times included - Google Sheets must try and convert them both data types to a common format (i.e decimal) and take the min of that.

By switching it to S2, you removed the cell with the text from the data you were taking the MIN of, and then all of the data was the same type (time), so your summary can be in the more specific format - time, rather than decimal.