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This paper investigates the use of generalized sampled-data hold functions (GSHF) in the control of linear time-invariant systems. The idea of GSHF is to periodically sample the output of the system, and generate the control by means of a hold function applied to the resulting sequence. The hold function is chosen based on the dynamics of the system to be controlled. This method appears to have several advantages over dynamic controllers: it has the efficacy of state feedback without the requirement of state estimation; it provides the control system designer with substantially more freedom; and it requires few on-line computations. This paper focuses on four questions: pole assignment, specific behavior, noise sensitivity, and robustness. Among the problems solved are: simultaneous arbitrary pole assignment for a finite number of systems by a single GSHF controller, exact model matching, decoupling, and optimal noise rejection. Examples are given.