By Libby Ryan
In the Associated Press story, Greek Parliament passes 2013 austerity budget with comfortable majority, numbers are used in three clear ways.
Firstly, numbers are used to show the vote (167-128 vote in the 300-member Parliament). These numbers are not overwhelming because the author balanced them with some background on what else the parliament has been voting on recently.
Secondly, the author describes the next loan payments Greece will receive. These numbers are overwhelming because they are listed first in Euros and then in the dollar amount. The author could have found a more readable way to write these statistics. However, the numbers are manipulated and converted correctly.
Thirdly, numbers are used to show the difference in the crowd gathered to protest the new budget as compared to a previous protest. This nears being too many numbers as there are two large numbers in one sentence but it makes enough sense to be readable because the article overall is not filled with number after number.