I am working on a dataset which is pretty small: 1169 records.
There is a column called month and it takes the values 'Jan','Feb', or 'March'.
The number of records for each month is different. I have 542 for 'Jan', 443 for 'Feb', and 212 for 'March'.
Given this information, should I use one hot encoding or encode the months as 1,2,3 for Jan, Feb, March respectively? Will the higher value account for the fact that there there are fewer records for that month?