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This paper presents a method for the frequency-domain design of digital finite impulse response filters with arbitrary magnitude and group delay responses. The method can deal with both the equiripple design problem and the peak constrained least squares (PCLS) design problem. Consequently, the method can also be applied to the equiripple passbands and PCLS stopbands design problem as a special case of the PCLS design. Both the equiripple and the PCLS design problems are converted into weighted least squares optimization problems. They are then solved iteratively with appropriately updated error weighting functions. A novel scheme for updating the error weighting function is developed to incorporate the design requirements. Design examples are included in order to compare the performance of the filters designed using the proposed scheme and several other existing methods.