# Is it possible to implement reinforcement learning using a neural network?

I've implemented the reinforcement learning algorithm for an agent to play snappy bird (a shameless cheap ripoff of flappy bird) utilizing a q-table for storing the history for future lookups. It works and eventually achieves perfect convergence after enough training.

Is it possible to implement a neural network to do function approximation in order to accomplish the purpose of the q-table? Obviously, storage is a concern with the q-table, but it doesn't seem to ever train with the neural net alone. Perhaps training the NN on an existing q-table would work, but I would like to not use a q-table at all if possible.

Yes, it is possible. The field of deep reinforcement learning is all about using deep neural networks (that is, neural networks with at least one hidden layer) to approximate value functions (such as the $$Q$$ function) or policies.