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Why isn't a straightforward 1/5/15 minute moving average used in Linux load calculation?

Until recently i thought the load average (as shown for example in top) was a moving average on the n last values of the number of process in state "runnable" or "running". And n would have been ...
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Any utility to find source of system load / load average for a certain period?

By running top, htop, uptime, etc. we can see the load average as three values indicating the average load for the last 1/5/15 minutes (well not really, but that isn't the question here). Sometimes ...
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why would there be a load of 5 if there are zero processes in the runq?

This doesn't make sense to me, why would there be a load of 5 if there are zero processes in the runq? 12:00:01 AM runq-sz plist-sz ldavg-1 ldavg-5 ldavg-15 12:05:01 AM 0 708 ...