Let's say that my Ph.D. project was about mitigating the problem X (e.g. analyzing the specific type of datasets) from different perspectives (CS field), for which one of the methods I have developed was algorithm A.

However, I also developed the algorithm B, which belongs to the same overarching category that also Algorithm A belongs to, but it does not apply to problem X.

Even though I also published Algorithm B as an individual conference paper, I'm not sure if I can bring it in my dissertation. It is a novel method, but not related to the main problem (or the dataset type) that my Ph.D. project is about. So, I'm not sure if I can include it in my Ph.D. thesis despite the time I spent developing it.

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    This is something you should primarily discuss with your advisor. – Snijderfrey Feb 29 '20 at 23:33
  • I don't see how we can meaningfully answer this without knowing your field, paper and the algorithms in question. – Jeff Mar 1 '20 at 2:11

In many cases, it comes down to your defense and the work you've done, and the thesis is a document for you. You can include, or not include whatever work you want.

I'm speaking from a PhD in the natural sciences in the US, different countries and subjects have different rules and guidelines.

  • I think its more "you can include what your advisor wants". – user111388 Mar 1 '20 at 6:27

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