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A precise bit-error probability (BEP) analysis method is derived for a multicode direct-sequence code-division multiple-access (DS-CDMA) system in an additive white Gaussian noise channel. The method is applicable to a multicode DS-CDMA system with an arbitrary number of multiple code sequences, and any selection of multiple code sequences. The precise method gives results that discriminate the effect of the selection of different multiple code sequences on the BEP, whereas Gaussian approximations (GAs) do not. Thus, the new method can be used to select the best multicode set for a given system, a task that cannot be achieved using GAs. A two-step analytical procedure enables deriving an explicit, compact form for the CF of the receiver decision statistic in a DS-CDMA system with an arbitrary number of multiple code sequences, and for any selection of multiple code sequences.