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In this paper, we formulate a general design of transversal filter structures with maximum relative passband-to-stopband energy ratio subject to complex frequency response constraints in the passband and the stopband as well as additional constraints such as constraints. These constraints are important for applications where the suppression of noise at certain frequencies are important. Additional constraints are introduced allowing approximately linear phase and constant group delay in the passband. For a given set of basis functions, the design problem can be formulated as a semi-infinite quadratic optimization problem in the filter coefficients, which are the decision variables to be optimized. In this paper, we focus on the design of digital Laguerre filter and digital finite impulse response (FIR) filter structures. A modified bridging algorithm is developed for searching for the optimum pole of the Laguerre filters. Design examples are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.