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# JavaScript Challenges: Beginner to Master — Task #54

Create a function that generates a random maze and finds the shortest path from the start to the end using a search algorithm.

## Challenge in Detail

Create a function that generates a random maze and finds the shortest path from the start to the end using a search algorithm. The function should take the dimensions of the maze as input and return a 2D array representing the maze with the shortest path marked. Implement a search algorithm like A* or Dijkstra’s to find the shortest path.

# Why Maze Solving? — More Than Just a Puzzle

## Historical and Cultural Significance

From ancient labyrinths to modern-day escape rooms, mazes have been part of human culture for thousands of years. We must translate this challenge to computers to create algorithms that mimic and surpass human problem-solving.

## Fundamental to Algorithm Study

You can learn graph theory and search algorithms using the maze runner problem. Each cell in a maze is a node, and adjacent cells are edges. Solving a maze is essentially a graph traversal problem, so it’s a big part of algorithm courses.