La Quinta is Spanish for “Next to Denny’s”

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The observation that “La Quinta is Spanish for ‘next to Denny’s'” is a joke made famous by the late comedian Mitch Hedberg. Last year, John Reiser, on his new jersey geographer blog, wrote up an analysis of this joke using data scraped from the respective websites of Denny’s (a diner chain) and La Quinta Inns and Suites (a hotel chain). We have used Reiser’s work as inspiration for developing a team-based homework assignment in both our undergraduate- and master’s-level statistical computing courses at Duke University.

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