International Business Machines Corp. has announced new artificial intelligence software that is intended to capture the knowledge of human experts so it can be used by others.

The products are software tools that can be used to create "expert systems" that help computer users make decisions such as whether to grant a home mortgage or what advice to give to a financial-planning client, IBM said.The products include a new release of IBM's Expert System Environment, which is designed for users with few computer skills, and a new version of KnowledgeTool, which is designed for data-processing professionals.

For experts in artificial intelligence, IBM offers IBM KEE, which was developed with Intellicorp Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., to run on IBM's big mainframe computers. It is a version of an existing Intellicorp product.