Quantum Simulations said it has begun field-testing artificial intelligence software for tutoring accounting students.

Quantum Tutors for Accounting provides tutoring and homework help over the Internet for students to help them learn about accounting principles in financial and managerial accounting courses. The software is expected to begin shipping in spring 2008.

The artificial intelligence software interacts with students, answering their questions and providing detailed feedback based on the students' work.

The software is able to integrate with other homework systems and support accounting textbooks from different publishers. In research conducted at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, students achieved 3.5 times more gain in test scores than students who used the textbook alone, according to Quantum. The company said the software has been reviewed and approved by more than 60 accounting teachers around the country.

Quantum has previously developed tutoring software for math and science. The company is a technology think tank that has received funding and support from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

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