# N min elements

Python, List, Math · Nov 2, 2020

Returns the `n`

minimum elements from the provided list.

- Use
`sorted()`

to sort the list. - Use slice notation to get the specified number of elements.
- Omit the second argument,
`n`

, to get a one-element list. - If
`n`

is greater than or equal to the provided list's length, then return the original list (sorted in ascending order).

```
def min_n(lst, n = 1):
return sorted(lst, reverse = False)[:n]
```

```
min_n([1, 2, 3]) # [1]
min_n([1, 2, 3], 2) # [1, 2]
```