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I have a table defined as such:
Source Data

And want the result set below:
Result Set
How would I code this in t-sql?  This is basically a small workflow where the higher rank value is higher up the approval chain.  In the result set I just want to see for Bob that his approver Email is that of Susie and so on until the last Employee (Ned) who would not have any ApproverEmail value.  There may not only be 4 total records.

Thanks!
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Select e.Emp_ID, e.Emp_Nam, e.Rank, a.Email AS ApproverEmail
FROM Table1 e LEFT JOIN Table1 a
ON e.Rank + 1 = a.Rank

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Please note, that this solution will only work if you have an approver exactly one Rank up. If your data has some missing Ranks (i.e. 1,2,3,4,7,8,9, etc) and you need that the approver for #4 to be #7, the SQL will be slightly different. please let us know
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by:PortletPaul
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to avoid possible gaps in the Rank values you can substitute a row_number() calculation like this
;with 
CTE AS (
        SELECT
            e.Emp_ID
          , e.Emp_Name
          , e.Rank
          , e.Email
          , row_number() over (order by rank) as row_ref
        FROM Employees e
        )
SELECT
      e.Emp_ID
    , e.Emp_Name
    , e.Rank
    , a.Email AS ApproverEmail
FROM CTE e
LEFT JOIN CTE a ON e.Row_ref + 1 = a.Row_Ref

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http://sqlfiddle.com/#!3/7dd0b/8
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by:chaau
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Please note that both of our solutions (PortletPaul's and mine) will not work in case if have bad data.

If you have entries with duplicate ranks mine will duplicate, PortletPaul's will assign a wrong Approver.
If you have gaps, PortletPaul's will work, mine will not find an entry.

Please advise how good (or rather, how bad) is your data.

@PortletPaul: I have added a few records to your SQL Fiddle, if you don't mind
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by:PortletPaul
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@chaau, no problem, never an issue, I think it's a great idea, helps arrive at the best outcome

good point about duplicates

Paul

{+edit} but if changing the sqlfiddle 'schema' the url changes :(
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by:PortletPaul
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kudos to chaau for the identification of a weakness. dense_rank() to the rescue (I think)  http://sqlfiddle.com/#!3/a9b6a/1
;with 
CTE AS (
        SELECT
            e.Emp_ID
          , e.Emp_Name
          , e.Rank
          , e.Email
          , dense_rank() over (order by rank) as row_ref
        FROM Employees e
        )
SELECT
      e.Emp_ID
    , e.Emp_Name
    , e.Rank
    , a.Email AS ApproverEmail
FROM CTE e
LEFT JOIN CTE a ON e.Row_ref + 1 = a.Row_Ref

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 and purely because it may be useful at some point, a reversal:
/* and as it might be useful the reverse */
SELECT
      e.Emp_ID
    , e.Emp_Name
    , e.Rank
    , coalesce(a.Email, e.Email) AS ApprovalByEmail
FROM Employees e
LEFT JOIN Employees a ON e.Rank - 1 = a.Rank

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by:d1cjm1ex
ID: 39166848
Thanks guys.  So my data could be "bad" in that there could be multiple 2's and there could be gaps. Gaps would be truly bad data and should in theory not exist so as long as the code could handle the multiple records with the same rank, it should be ok.

I will test out this code tomorrow.
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by:d1cjm1ex
ID: 39167601
Both answers work given the situation with potential for bad data.
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