# LeetCode Integer to Roman: Find the Mapping

## Overview

The key to solve this LeetCode Integer to Roman problem is to figure the corresponding mapping from the digits to Roman numbers.

## LeetCode Integer to Roman Problem

Given an integer, convert it to a roman numeral.

Input is guaranteed to be within the range from 1 to 3999.

## Solutions: Find the Mapping

The key is to figure the corresponding mapping from the digits to Roman numbers. The following is the mapping:

string mapping[4][10] = {
{“”, “M”, “MM”, “MMM”, “”, “”, “”, “”, “”, “”}, //0 – 3000
{“”, “C”, “CC”, “CCC”, “CD”, “D”, “DC”, “DCC”, “DCCC”, “CM”}, //100 – 900
{“”, “X”, “XX”, “XXX”, “XL”, “L”, “LX”, “LXX”, “LXXX”, “XC”}, //10 – 90
{“”, “I”, “II”, “III”, “IV”, “V”, “VI”, “VII”, “VIII”, “IX”} //0 – 9
};

So we parse the given number into digits, like 1738, then we get 1, 7, 3, 8. 1 corresponds to the first row in the mapping array (M), and 7 corresponds to the second row (DCC), and 3 corresponds to the third row （XXX), finally, 8 corresponds to the 4-th row (VIII). We then get MDCCXXXVIII. This yields the following compact and quite simple code:

## Summary

The key to solve this LeetCode Integer to Roman problem is to figure the corresponding mapping from the digits to Roman numbers.

Written on May 9, 2013