Recently, my PhD supervisor suggested that I should start finishing my PhD. There are several necessary organizational steps, but the most important part is likely that I should summarize the contributions of my best papers in a single document--my PhD thesis.
While it is quite clear what the content of the thesis should be (my papers), we are both struggling to come up with a reasonable title. The problem is that my (best) papers address two different problems--let's call them A and B. In particular, I have
- 2 papers that exclusively address problem A.
- 2 papers that exclusively address problem B.
- 1 paper that addresses the combined occurrence of A and B.
Moreover, all 5 papers contribute a "solution" that has property C, either for A, B, or both. Property C even appears in the title of 4 out of 5 papers. My question: How do I combine all this into a single thesis title?
Of course, problem C is what connects the papers and should appear in the title. One the one hand, it seems wrong to me to write something like "Using C for A and B" because this would give the impression that A and B are handled separately, which they are not in the one paper addressing A and B. But on the other hand, if I write something like "Using C for the joint occurrence of A and B", then I as a reader would wonder why papers/results are included that exclusively address A or B.
Please note that I am not asking for a concrete suggested title, but rather I would appreciate general advice and maybe experience from someone who has faced a similar problem.